Brief Communication High Heels and Low Back Pain in Young Female Students

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Brief Communication High Heels and Low Back Pain in Young Female Students

Iqra Nadeem*, Muhammad Kashif**, Sidra Mushtaq*, Rumaisa Hussain*, Nimra Naseem*,      Haider Darain*** and Danish Khan****

*Department of Physical Therapy, Sargodha Medical College, University of Sargodha, Sargodh,

**Riphah College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Riphah International University, Faisalabad Campus, ***IMPR, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, ****Northwest Institute of Health Sciences, Peshawar



Objective: Prolonged use of high-heeled shoes is considered a possible cause of low back pain in female students. The aim of study is to investigate the association between high heels and low back pain

Methods: A cross-sectional survey based on a standard self-reporting questionnaire was conducted among 50 female university students (aged 18-28 years) mean 21.1 years and mean height 5.1 feet using high heels of GCU Faisalabad. Purposive sampling technique was used to. Out of 50 students wearing high heels, 28 (56%) students were suffering from low back pain. Pearson Chi-Square test was applied.

Results: Statistical analysis showed significant association between high heel and LBP, p=0.001. Coefficient of contingency=0.567 indicated strength of association is intermediate.

Conclusion: This study also revealed that students who wear high heels for 2 or more years suffer from a bit of lower back pain and that the height of the heel increases the incidence and the intensity of pain increases as well.

Keywords: Low Back Pain, High Heel, Foot Wear, Fashion Heel


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