NEW YORK (CNN) – 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. High 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 encourages bunion and hammertoe formation. It happens everyday that patients come in to my office with these problems,” said Dr. Jacqueline Sutera of 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,” said Dr. Sutera.
This could lead to arthritis, long term pain, and joint pain. Still most women don’t want to give up their shoe lust.
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.