Being fashionable doesn’t have to hurt. Large purses or briefcases can lead to shoulder, neck, elbow, and back pain. Did you know it can also cause foot pain?
A bag is often a source of added weight. Many people complain of back and shoulder pain when using a purse or briefcase, but the problem does not stop there. Normally, a person carries their bag on a particular shoulder. When this bag is too heavy, they can develop a lean to compensate which shifts their center of gravity. If everyone was perfect, we would walk with an equal amount of weight placed on both feet. A purse or bag can shift this center of gravity casuing a change in the foot’s alignemnt. This can change can cause abnormal foot movement leading to calluses, bunions, and loss of the foot arch. Orthotics and foot surgery can help treat this problem but the easiest way is to get rid of the heavy purse or bag. Here’s a few tips to avoid bag related pain:
Carry only what you will need. Leave the heavy gadgets at home.
When packing your bag, place heavier items low and toward the center.
Do not carry a heavy briefcase, tote, or purse for long periods of time. If this is unavoidable, wear your purse or bag over your shoulder and switch sides often.
It is best to carry a bag diagonally, over the opposite shoulder and hip. These are better at equaling out your center of gravity between your feet.
If using a backpack, make sure it has two padded and adjustable shoulder straps . Choose one with several compartments to secure various-sized items.
Wear comfortable shoes. A heavy bag and high heels can increase your risk of foot problems.
If you or someone you know is experiencing pain in their feet, the doctors at Coastal Podiatry Associates are available to help. The doctors have received extensive training in all aspects of the foot and can help you return to normal activity. To determine the best course of treatment contact our office at 843-449-FOOT (3668) or visit our website at www.coastalpodiatry.com