Health risks of wearing high heels

Do you know that there are several health risks from wearing high heels? I used to wear them daily when I had an office job, even though they hurt my feet sometimes and I didn’t need the extra height. Now it hurts to wear them at all because I have worn flats for so long.

For my recent story for The Costco Connection (US Edition), “Fancy feet follies,” I interviewed three experts: a podiatrist, a chiropractor and an orthopedic surgeon. They provided some great insights about how high heels can cause a wide range of health problems, from ligament tears and hammertoes to back and knee pain, and even gait issues. They also shared some great tips for reducing problems.

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And from this 99 % INVISIBLE podcast, I learned that men were first to wear high heels. Horseback riders in the 10th century wore them to help their feet stay in the stirrups. Heels became female-only footwear sometime in the 18th century.

Switching around heel heights on different days can help, but I wonder why more women aren’t giving them up altogether.

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