Q#1: Are there any medical benefits resulting from wearing heels with corsets, as far as relieving back pain is concerned? The story I've gotten from those I've contacted is that there is some relief of the back ache when wearing heels in addition to the corset itself. Is this true? -- John (5/27/02)

A#1: Yes, this is actually correct. Wearing high heels will shift the balance slightly forward and create a stance that will slightly increase the inward arch of the back and tighten the abdominal muscles in compensation. When wearing a corset, this effect will be enhanced. In many corsets the abdominal muscles relax, and the heels will actually restore some tension. I would recommend not overdoing this, but heels a few inches higher can be of benefit.

Q#2: I have a foot/ankle injury and that has made me sensitive to foot issues.  In the ensuing years since the accident, I have helped several women to choose and wear comfortably high heels they thought they could never wear.  I have read many articles by supposed foot experts that report the horrible things high heels do to women’s feet.  Have you done any research into this area?  I suspect it is a fraud laden with the prejudice against corsets. -- Mark (12/21/08)

A#2: You are correct in making a positive connection between corseting and elevating the heel.  In general, as a corset gets tighter, it is found that arching the body backwards brings some relief, not just from compression, but also due to relaxation of the trunk muscles. Wearing heels accomplishes the same, as in order to maintain balance, the body will arch slightly as well. The combination of these two is what is commonly experienced and practiced by tightlacers.

The reverse is also true, in that high heels shift the weight bearing point towards the front of the foot, which for inexperienced wearers promotes a tiring stance and sometimes a backache, and thus wearing a girdle or corset makes high heels easier to wear and get used to. It will promote walking on the front of the foot.

Overall it is the slight rearward arching that will extend the overall body and creates the  up-right posture.


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