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High-heeled shoes are beautiful. They’re fashionable. They can be formal or fun. And if you wear them often, they can really damage your feet. Not only in a “my feet are sore” kind of way, but in a more permanent way as well. If you’re asking yourself if high heels are really that bad for your feet, the answer is an unequivocal yes.
Foot drop, or drop foot as it’s also called, is pretty much what it sounds like. When you take a step, your foot falls or slaps against the ground. To avoid tripping, people with foot drop often lift their legs higher in the air before taking a step, creating a march-type gait. Others drag their feet, because they have difficulty picking them up between steps.
Fans of autumn beware! With that lovely crispness in the air can come an increase in the potential for back pain. But never fear — with a little advance planning and awareness, you can enjoy the fall season while protecting your back. Here are five fall activities that can cause back pain, why it can happen, and what you can do to prevent it.