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Striding in Style: Reclaiming Elegance and Empowerment Post Injury

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

By Deborah Westergaard MD

In our fast-paced world, where every detail is a reflection of one’s persona, the ability to express oneself through fashion, especially in high heels, can be more than just a style choice - it's a statement of empowerment and grace at least among many of the ladies. Gentlemen, I suggest you go to a different blog as you might not understand and even consider this subject trite. However, physical setbacks, like knee injuries, ankle injuries and hip injuries can momentarily dim this facet of self-expression.

Let me share a personal story. As a professional lady who cherishes the elegance of high heels, I found myself constrained by a hip-related condition. The situation was more than just physical discomfort; it was about losing a part of my identity that I cherished in social and in some social/professional settings.

Wearing high heels causes an altered posture and gait pattern. This can lead to an uneven distribution of weight and increased loading on the hip joint. Over time, this can contribute to wear and tear on the hip joint and may increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis, particularly in women who wear high heels frequently.

But, as a proponent of advanced medical treatments, I decided to practice what I preach. Undergoing high-level orthobiologic treatments from a gifted colleague marked the beginning of my journey back to my cherished high heels. These innovative treatments addressed the root cause of my discomfort, allowing me to gradually reintroduce my favorite fashion accessories back into my life.

Now, I reserve my high heels for special occasions, like a Saturday night dinner. It's a celebration of recovery, a symbol of overcoming challenges, and a testament to the wonders of modern medical science.

For those who resonate with this experience, know that such transformation may be within reach. The elegance you embody, the confidence you exude in your favorite attire, may not be a memory. At Pain Experts, we are ready to guide you back to your cherished moments of style and grace.

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               Deborah Westergaard, MD

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