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    Posted April 18, 2014 by
    Metro Manila, Philippines
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    For the love of flats

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    Flats For My Back


    My grandfather was more than six feet in height and thanks to heredity, many in my family are tall, including myself.


    I was always one of the few tall girls among friends and classmates during my developing years, and in college, I was introduced to the fashion industry and became a part time ramp model.


    At that point, it was infused in me that every woman needs a pair of high heeled shoes and as a ramp model back then, I always needed to wear stilettos because, as my agent/coach told me - "It exudes confidence, compliments your body and makes you look thinner."


    I finished a degree, pursued a career in marketing, worked in an office for a decade, and, everyday, I wore pumps. It wasn't that easy to drop the form and habit.


    On Dec. 23, 2000, after work, I directly wento to the mall to shop for Christmas gifts. Roaming the esplanade in my 3 inch pumps, I lithely and adroitly walked. Going down a 5 step stairs to the annex of the mall, my right shoe heel caught a leveled but loose strip of rubber stopper of a step, and with the good old force of gravity, I lost my balance and fell hard and fast toward the ground.


    Kind bystanders helped me up but with the pain I was feeling from my right foot to my lower back, I wasn't able to stand. Within minutes, while waiting for the mall's medical team, I watched my right foot swell like a balloon.


    I was rushed to the hospital, had multiple x-rays and was diagnosed with a sprained ankle. I was so thankful I didn't break a bone. However, the doctor discovered I have this inborn but not-so-serious spine condition called hyperlordosis. It is the excessive inward curvature of the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine.


    The doctor intstructed me to refrain from wearing high heeled shoes, otherwise the back pain I felt immediately after my accident will occur again.


    According to the doctor, it was only a matter of time before the back pains due to my hyperlordosis interfere with my activities.


    If not for that episode in my life, I wouldn't have discovered, at a much earlier time, how cute, comfortable and beneficial flat shoes are.

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