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High Heel Health Hazard

High Heel Health Hazard

The next time you decide you just have to have that cute pair of high heel shoes you may want to consider the health risks. A new study that recently came out shows that women who wear high heels suffer from several types of health problems later in life.  

NPR reports about the British study recently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.  Author of the study, Marco Narici, finds that women who wear high heels often experience “a 13 percent shortening of calf muscles and a marked thickening of the Achilles...”  The condition is being related to the same way bed-ridden patients tend to get muscle-atrophy. With this condition, women who wore high heels throughout most of their adult life find it hard to stand flat on the floor without experiencing discomfort.

Biomechanics expert, Casey Kerrigan, believes women should toss the high heel shoes flat out.  Kerrigan led a Harvard University study about high heels which found that the fashionable shoe is the cause of high rates of knee arthritis in older women.  Kerrigan says, “It’s not worth it.  We’re living long enough that all of us are going to get arthritis and anything you can do to minimize the severity is a good thing.”  And if arthritis isn’t bad enough, heels can also be blamed for injuries like sprained ankles and conditions such as bunions, hammer-toes, and nerve damage.

But not every expert is demanding the shoe be trashed.  Orthopedic surgeon, Donald Bohay, believes women can continue wearing high heels as long as they are not bigger than 2 inches.  Bohay warns women to be sensible about their heels and not wear a shoe that is uncomfortable. Many believe following this advice may prove difficult when celebrities like Lady GaGa and famous models strut their stuff in massive stilettos.

What do you think of the latest research finding high heels to be detrimental to your health?

Will you continue wearing high heels even though they may cause damage later on?

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  • Rae68104 By Rae68104
    07.21.10  

    I'm 5'1 and LOVE high heels when I get dressed up! I love the way it gives me a couple of inches and looks great! However, this is not meant for everyday wear, as we all know the painful compromise. All in moderation!

  • mamamiller By mamamiller
    07.22.10  

    If I have my choice, I'm probably not wearing shoes at all! But for going out? Low heels all the way.

  • ForeShoppers By ForeShoppers
    07.23.10  

    I love wearing heels, but I find that I pay for it the next day if they are over 2 inches. I found that if I alternate wearing heels one day, flats the next, heels the next, flat the next, etc. I don't have as much soreness in my feet. I think we need more cute (COMFORTABLE) flats!

  • scatus By scatus
    07.23.10  

    I love the look of high heels, but my feet don't like them!! On very few occasions have I worn them, and when I do I pay for it for days it seems!! This report does not surprise me at all, it really is shocking to see a 13% shortening of the calf muscle, that is enough to justify me not wearing them anymore!!! LOL

  • Teresmith By Teresmith
    07.24.10  

    In the last year, I've lost almost 60 lbs. I now wear a lot of skinny jeans and high heels. I get Dr. Scholls inserts for the heels which seen to do the trick.

  • danidudack By danidudack
    07.25.10  

    High heels make your body work in a way that is unnatural so stress is put into your feet and ankles which also effects everything else...knees, legs, back...I would suggest getting a stylish basic pair of no more than 2 inch heels. I also have found flats to wear with dress pants with the pointed toe and no one knows there are no heels because they look like they are. Feet are the most important thing because they have nerves in them that affect all the parts of the body...you can find out more by looking up reflexology.

  • marip1 By marip1
    07.26.10  

    I have been wearing high heels for years everyday. Their 2 inch heels. I find them comfortable to wear. Anything higher then that then their uncomfortable. So far I don't have any trouble with my feet.

  • oldbag By oldbag
    07.29.10  

    Long live stilettos!!! I would be one sad lady if all the world were flat!

  • TamiLee09 By TamiLee09
    08.01.10  

    After being out opf the corporate world for a year, I dread putting on heels. Give me a comfortable pair of flip flops or tennis shoes and I am a happy person. I am still trying to find the comfortable flat that everyone says is out there!

  • Andielovesyou9 By Andielovesyou9
    08.01.10  

    I leave my high heels for dinner dates or parties (where I will be taking my shoes off), that way I have the look without having to wear them long term because it really does mess your feet up!

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