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Wearing high heels can cause long-term damage

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 10:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 8:55am

Women love their high heels no matter pain or price.

We’re told high heels may increase the risk of a woman of having serious health problems because of them.

No matter what- women will wear high heels.

A study by the Journal of Applied Physiology shows, women who wear high heels can cause permanent damage to their feet as soon as they reach their middle 20s.

Podiatrist, Matthew Kindle says, over time it causes your achilles tendon to contract and he sees women come in with the after effects.

"Which can include bunions, hammertoes, corns on the meditarcel head which is on the ball of the foot," says Matthew kindle, DPM., Foot Specialist of Tyler.

Experts say, wearing high-heels for a long period of time can lead to hip, knee pressure, muscle damage and back pain.

"The problem is when you wear high heels it tilts your pelvis and make this arch a little more aggressive," says David Flynn, Chiropractor, East Texas Doctors of Chiropractic.

Chiropractor David Flynn tells KETK, it's adding pressure and pain to the joints.

"If your heels are up in that position a lot of the muscles get tight and respond to you being at that elevated posture the whole time," says Flynn.

It's also reported, it causes leg and feet swelling, varicose veins from dilated blood vessels, and can stress the woman's reproductive system by affecting fertility.

Kindle suggests, women wear a heel no higher than 2 inches if they'll be on their feet for hours.

"If they're wearing a very high heel every day and there's just no getting around it, what they need to do is make sure the shoe is a good fit," says Kindle.

Experts say, making a fashion change it can prevent long-term health problems.

 

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