The new survey carried out by foot care company, Compeed, found that UK women were the shortest in Europe at 5ft 4in but tended to wear the highest heels.
However, wearing high heels can cause women problems as Tim Hutchful, chiropractor and member of the British Chiropractic Association, points out:
“Good footwear is an essential. Our feet carry all of our weight and the shoes we chose have a lot to do with the way we walk and the pressure we put on the rest of the body. Feet need a surface which allows them to bend, grip and roll as you walk, which is difficult to do when constantly wearing heels. You don’t have to say goodbye to high heels, as they should be safe to wear in moderation, but you need to make sure they fit properly and take extra care when walking”.
Wearing the right shoes can improve posture. If the shoe supports your foot and allows you to use your foot properly, you can do as you please. If buying a pair of heels, make sure the shoe isn’t too tight, short or solid, otherwise you will restrict movement and you won’t be able to use your foot properly.
Your local chiropractor will be able to give you some good advice regarding posture and footwear”
Tim’s Top tips for walking in heels:
o Tense your pelvic floor muscles
o Keep your head upright and don’t stick your chest out
o Put your shoulders back and chest in
o Spread weight evenly over the whole shoe when walking
o Don’t walk too fast, be elegant