Heel-Ing Your UTI
Are your high heels giving you more than a few extra inches of height? 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. Often women simply deal with the problem of recurring UTIs and never actually figure out the cause.
Don't feel like a heel
So are your high heels causing your problems with recurring UTIs? Some leading medical experts have performed some "sole" searching and found that when women don their heels, their torsos tilt forward, which takes their hips and spine out of alignment.
By repeatedly wearing heels that are too high for your hip and leg structure, you can also cause "lordosis," an often painful condition that creates pressure on the nerves in the lower back. Lordosis can also contribute to inefficient urination, a precursor for urinary tract infections.
How to avoid UTIs
In addition to limiting the time you spend in high heels, there are several other things you can do to avoid UTIs. Retired urologist Dr Larrian Gillespie, author of the best-selling book, You Don't Have to Live with Cystitis, weighs in with some tips on steering clear of UTIs -- which will help you whether or not you're strapping on some stilettos.
Although you might be addicted to your pumps, it's always wise to wear your high heels in moderation. Then you'll always be able to step out in comfort!
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