Tuesday, August 07, 2007

On Your Feet: High Heels' Effects on the Body

Submitted by Tovleeyah

Experts warn against what one group of foot doctors calls "cruel shoes" -- such as the high heels that Semmelhack says have historically been "one of the primary ways to express what [people] don't have to do," such as walk long distances and do strenuous work.

Shoes with "pointed toes, shoes with thin soles, and shoes with high spike heels" are of the cruel variety, according to the Web site of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, because they can "cause crowding of the toes and increased pressure," which can result in hammertoes and bunions. The American Society of Podiatric Sports Medicine reports that a three-inch heel creates seven times more stress than a one-inch heel.


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