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Best heel height for a bad back

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Most folks with bad backs say they must wear flats. I find my back feels better with a heel height of about 1-1/2 inches. If I wear a totally flat shoe or boot, I feel as though I have to hold myself forward, which puts a strain on my back. Of course I cannot and do not wear high heels ever.

I have back pain the length of my entire spine due to osteoporosis. The chronic pain is mostly in my upper back, lower pain happens with strain. Don't know if that makes a difference.

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1Piper1321294019.317997 PostsRegistered 7/29/2010NE Ohio

I'm with you I too can not wear anything higher than 1-1/2" heel and a complete "flat" heel doesn't work either because my back can't take it. I prefer to keep my back & feet happiest by wearing what makes them comfortable so there are no high heels in my wardrobe any more as I have cleared all of them out of my closet

ford12241321297310.8133586 PostsRegistered 6/7/2010

Another reason why I like to wear boots, cowboy style and otherwise. They help support my lower legs, which gives support to my back. As long as the heel is about 1-1/2", I am good.

I like winter dressing better because there is more support to everything one wears. I wear clogs in the summertime, can't wear flip flops, same reason, too flat, no support. Sneakers have never been my thing. It's hard to dress with back problems, most folks don't realize that. And forget it when my RA is acting up, sometimes I can't get anything on!!

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depglass1321298838.47723400 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I can't wear totally flat shoes, either. Wish I could find a slipper with a heel.

happy hous­ewife1321303056.57329850 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

When I had my ankle fused a few years ago due to arthritis the surgeon - an orthopedic not a podiatrist - said never under any circumstances should any woman at any age wear a heel higher than 1 1/2 " as it throws out your ankle and your knees, hips and back but also no lower than 1/2 ". i was never one for wearing high heels much and I wore walking shoes to work in since I'm a nurse, and yet I have several severe enough to require surgery orthopedic problems.

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ford12241321303335.993586 PostsRegistered 6/7/2010
On 11/14/2011 morning lover said:

When I had my ankle fused a few years ago due to arthritis the surgeon - an orthopedic not a podiatrist - said never under any circumstances should any woman at any age wear a heel higher than 1 1/2 " as it throws out your ankle and your knees, hips and back but also no lower than 1/2 ". i was never one for wearing high heels much and I wore walking shoes to work in since I'm a nurse, and yet I have several severe enough to require surgery orthopedic problems.

That sounds just about right . . . 1/2 to 1-1/2" is the most comfortable and puts one's back in the correct alignment.

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JustineTha­yer1321314384.377490 PostsRegistered 8/4/2011

I cannot do flats and have a bad back. I can go 2 -2 1/2 inches comfortable all day.

happy hous­ewife1321315764.28329850 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
On 11/14/2011 JustineThayer said:

I cannot do flats and have a bad back. I can go 2 -2 1/2 inches comfortable all day.

This is more likely WHY you have a bad back than a cure for it.

When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

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