Wearing High Heels May Lead to Arthritis  

UK Study Links Some Footwear to Joint Pain

Posted: 06/10/2011 09:10 PM EDT

The recent study conducted by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists targeted the United Kingdom (UK) population, however, American women love their Jimmy Choos and Christian Louboutins. That said, all stiletto lovers, please take heed. BBC reported the results which showed that the UK could be facing an arthritis crisis due to increasing levels of obesity and poor footwear.

Eight million people in the UK are affected by the most common form of the condition, osteoarthritis, which causes pain and stiffness in the joints. Poll results also showed that a quarter of UK women wear high heels everyday or frequently. So experts are warning that women who wear high heels could be prone to getting arthritis.

Professor Anthony Redmond, a podiatrist and arthritis researcher from the society, said arthritis could occur at any age, not just as we get older. "Choosing the right footwear will help minimize the stress placed on the feet and joints during everyday activity and helps reduce the risk of injury and joint damage,” Redmond told BBC."For daily wear, the recommendation is to opt for a round-toed shoe with a heel height of no more than one inch and with a shock-absorbent sole to help minimize shock to the joints.


Sounds like Choo and Lou may have some designing to do.

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