Head over heels: Doctors issue warning over popular accessory

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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.

Women seem to love their high heels.

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 happens everyday that patients come in to my office with these problems,” said Dr. Sutera with Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.

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,” Dr. Sutera with Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.

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

Still, most women don’t want to give 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,” said Dr. Sutera with Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends that women wear heel no higher than two inches.

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


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