High Heels Could Be Causing Your Knee Pain

Hey everyone! today’s post is from a guest author and is geared to the females. Sorry guys I will get something out there for you so don’t get upset with me!

High Heels Could Be Causing Your Knee Pain

I know, they are cute and you have to wear them.

They are so stylish and make you feel great.

The but is, they maybe the thing that is causing your knee pain or will lead to your knee pain.

Yes, they are your high heels. It is common knowledge that those cute high heels lead to achy feet but they also can lead to achy knees.

Let me explain how and why.

Increase Stress on Your Knee Cap

Your high heels lift you up on your toes.  This leads to your thigh (quadriceps) muscle working a lot more then usual.  The thigh muscles pulls on your knee cap (patella).  When the quadriceps pulls on the knee cap, it presses the knee cap against the knee joint.  This leads to greater stress on the knee but also can leads to osteoarthritis of the knee, ouch!

Increased Stress on Inside of Your Knee

Being propped up on your toes makes you legs look great but they put more stress on the inside part of your knee joint.

In your knee joint there are two knuckles (condyles) in the thigh bone that connect with the lower leg to form the knee.  The knuckle that gets more weight of your body is the one on the inside.  This is also the side that is likely to get osteoarthritis.

If you wear high heels, it will put more stress on the inside knuckle which will help your knee lead to osteoarthritis, speed up your arthritis or flare up your arthritis.

What About Little Heels?

I know what you are thinking, I don’t wear really high heels that often, I wear little heels.

Sorry to say, little heels do the same a big heels.

Even in heels that are 1.5 inches in height there was a 14% increase in stress in the knee while high heels had 23% increase in stress.

Yes, high heels are worse but you do get an increase stress with little heels.

The Last Word on High Heels

I am sorry for the doom and gloom article but if you get achy knees, look at your high heels.

I will do another article for Coach Dave on what you can do with your heels in order to decrease the stress and pain on your knees.

Until the next article, have a great day!

About the Author

Rick Kaselj is a personal trainer in Vancouver, Canada that specializes in designing exercise programs for clients recovering from injuries.  Rick has trained thousands of clients and completed his Master’s of Science degree focusing on injury recovery and exercise.  Rick shares with other fitness professionals and exercise enthusiasts, the exercises he uses to prevent knee injuries and overcome knee injuries in the Knee Injury Solution program.

 

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