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WTAP @ 5: To Your Health Report: High Heel Pain

By: Holly Firfer Email
By: Holly Firfer Email

When most women put on a pair of high heels they're thinking about fashion and not their feet.

But women's shoes can cause health problems.

Reporter Holly Firfer has more in today's Health Minute.

Women seem to love their high heels.

"You can't go to a party without heels that just makes your outfit the shoes."

High heels may look good, but what they're doing to our feet is anything but pretty.

"High heels can cause stress fractures, tendonitis, all types of bone spurs, and encourage bunion and hammertoe formation."

It can also affect other parts of the body.

"When the body weight goes to the ball of your foot, the whole skeleton really has to compensate, so the knees and hips jet forward and then your back has to hyper extend backwards. This completely mal aligns not just your foot, but the entire skeleton."

This could lead to arthritis, long term pain, and joint pain.

Still most women don't want togive up their shoe lust ...

"I'm 32 years old and I'm bunion free and I've been wearing heels my whole life so I'm going to still rock them."

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends that women wear heels no higher than 2 inches.

So the best solution may be to wear heels in moderation and pack a pair of flats.

For today's Health Minute, I'm Holly Firfer.


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