In January of 2012, The New York Times wrote a piece on the findings of several postdoctoral researchers at the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. The article is called “A Scientific Look at the Dangers of High Heels,” and presents the effects on the muscles and tendons of women who wear high heels at least 40 hours a week. While the aesthetics of high heels can be debatable, the science of the effects are less easy to argue with.Dr. Clayton G. Lane of Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic P.C. summarized this article, and points out the main take-aways to urge you to start thinking of stylish and realistic ways to keep your muscles and tendons in top shape:
The article points out that wearing high heels is not where the risk of injury stops.“The risks [of wearing high heels] extend to workouts, when heel wearers abruptly switch to sneakers or other flat shoes. ‘In a person who wears heels most of her working week,’ according to Dr. Cronin, the foot and leg positioning in heels ‘becomes the new default position for the joints and the structures within. Any change to this default setting, like pulling on Keds or Crocs, constitutes a novel environment, which could increase injury risk.’ ‘It should be noted,’ adds Dr. Cronin, ‘that in his study, the volunteers were quite young, average age 25, suggesting that it is not necessary to wear heels for a long time, meaning decades, before adaptations start to occur.’”
Dr. Lane seconds Dr. Cronin’s advice, “So, if you do wear heels and are at all concerned about muscle and joint strains, his advice is simple. Try, if possible, to ease back a bit on the towering footwear. Wear high heels maybe ‘once or twice a week’, and if that’s not practical or desirable, try to remove the heels whenever possible, such as when you’re sitting at your desk. The shoes can remain alluring, even nestled beside your feet.’”
If you need more convincing on the dangers of continuously wearing high heels,watch Dr. OZ make a connection between high heels and arthritis. And give AOC a call to learn what you can do to keep your muscles and joints running smoothly.
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