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In essence, high heels disrupt gait and
posture for the entire body. In a study of
varying heel heights, it was found that
knee, hip and back problems may in part
be related to a restriction of the
joints. Recent research from the
University of Hong Kong suggests that
the medium and long term effects of high
heels may be more far reaching than
anyone has suspected so far, and is very
likely to contribute to common musculo-
A team of researchers repeated a set of
images for a young woman who had started
wearing high heels for the first time in her
life: in just two weeks of daily wearing of the
new shoes the cancellous structures had
altered in line with the changed forces on the
hip! They were amazed at how quickly the
second-hardest substance of the body can
change (the enamel of the teeth is the
hardest). The really high shoes force you to
virtually walk on tip-toes, putting a great deal
of force through the joints of the toes in
positions for which they are not ideally suited.
More bad news for high heel wearers: new 3D scans show exactly how much damage they
inflict on your feet.
Millions suffer from corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes,
blisters, ingrown toenails or just plain aching feet.
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"The scanner gives us much more information"' he said.
“We can see that the base of the big toe becomes
'deviated outwards', forming a bunion, while the scanner
also shows how these bones can become rotated and
Despite the disappointing news, Goldberg thinks it’s
unlikely many diehard high heel fans will take the results
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"People don't like doctors saying, 'Your shoes are a
problem,'" he said. "If I suggest they buy themselves
some comfy shoes, I'm liable to get punched in the
Just when you thought it was safe to wear high heels, new research
has revealed the extent of the damage they can inflict on
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A series of 3D scans released this week show that the
“foot deformity” caused by wearing high heels is actually
much more complicated than first thought.
It’s the first time doctors have been able to properly
investigate exactly how the foot behaves when contorted
into a pair of high heels – and unfortunately, the news
"With high heels, the toes are squashed inside the shoe,”
said Andy Goldberg, a foot and ankle specialist. “The more
stiletto-shaped they are, the worse it is. The toes not only
get squashed, but they become clawed too."