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by Dave Koivuranta D.C.

Fashion styles come and go. In an effort to look good and feel great about ourselves, we often dress in the latest and best outfits available. Some of us steer our own course and stick to what we like best regardless of any trends or fads. In either situation, sometimes the clothes we wear are an impediment to good health or they can become the source of a health care problem.
Alternatively, sometimes the clothes we wear are necessary for our employment. The nature of some of these outfits and their accessories can be detrimental to our health as well. Although many types of workplaces require these particular styles of work gear, care should be taken to ensure that they are being fitted correctly and used properly.
Here are some examples of what a health care provider may be concerned with:

Overly tight pants, especially at the hips or waist, can compress a nerve called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and cause pain, numbness or tingling down the anterior lateral side of the upper leg or thigh. This condition is known as meralgia paraesthetica.

High heels and platform shoes can place excessive stress on the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the foot and ankle. This can make them more susceptible to sprains, strains, and tendonitis and even more serious trauma such as a fracture. Wearing these styles of shoes often enough can influence how bones, joints and muscles in the knees, hips, pelvis and low back function. Over time, these newly developed functions can cause problems or concerns in the same areas, such as low back pain.

Shirt collars, especially on men's shirts, can be too tight and restrictive impairing blood flow to the head and altering how the head, neck and shoulders should sit and move. Tight neckties can further complicate this situation. Important blood pressure and blood gas detecting structures are located close to this area in the neck and should not be irritated.

Women's brassieres are often a matter of contention when it comes to middle back pain and fatigue. Due to the restrictive nature of an overly snug brassiere or the need for extra support, undue tension can be placed on the ribs and the spine. This can cause middle back pain, difficulty breathing, a slumped posture and skin irritation. Although not always fashionably possible, sports tops are perhaps the best alternative in these situations.

Any carrying accessories (backpacks, briefcases, air tanks, tool belts, etc.) should be equally distributed and well balanced on the body. Alternating sides and locations is a good idea to avoid the development of bad habits in the body. Reducing the load of any such items to the bare minimum required at the time of use would be helpful.

Dressing right is always important. Looking good and feeling great should not be compromised; however your health should always be the top priority. Spend the extra few dollars to purchase the best quality items that are the most comfortable and better suited to their purpose. The more expensive hardhat and the top of the line boots aren't always the best buy. This is best determined by the safety level required, the fit and feel, as well as the look you are after. From high heels to overalls and from undergarments to safety harnesses make sure what you are using is tailored to your body and good for your health. After all, the clothes we wear often set the latest trends not only for looks but also for our health.