The health effects of wearing high heels

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For women all over the world, high heels are their footwear of choice when trying to look their best.

But when they put on those stylish heels, it is easy to forget that they can cause a number of health problems.

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

But what many don’t know, is that is won’t just hurt your foot, they 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,” says Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, a Podiatric surgeon. “This completely mal aligns not just your foot but the entire skeleton.

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

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.

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