Yup you read the title right. There could be a link between Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) and wearing heels. I hear you ladies…WTF!
“According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for more than 8.3 million doctors visits each year and are the second most common infection in the body (http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/100284/are-your-high-heels-causing-utis)”. Often the reason for the infection goes unknown so, a few people far smarter than myself, have got their feet dirty (metaphorically speaking) and their findings suggest that the humble heel could be a contributing factor.
So how did they come to this conclusion? Well apparently “wearing high heels can make your pelvis tilt forward and your back curve outwards. This can put pressure on the sensory nerves in your lower spine — when these nerves are compromised, your bladder can’t empty properly. (This condition is called lordosis). If your bladder can’t empty properly, you could end up with a urinary tract infection (https://www.families.com/utis-and-your-shoes)”.
Allegedly, the higher the heel the more likely you are to arch your back so families.com suggest switching to lower heels or flats!!! This had to be written by a man as no women would speak such blasphemy. Luckily the author saves themselves by recognising that sacrificing heels may not be an option so suggests strengthening your back and stomach muscles to help stabilise your core…phew. They also suggest other ways to help avoid UTI’s but this isn’t a medical journal so I’ll leave it there. All I know for now is that my heels are staying firmly on my feet!
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