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Saturday, 28 March 2009

High-heels Versus Barefoot

Knee osteoarthritis is twice as common in women as men. A decade ago, researchers investigated the force applied to the knee joint when a small group of healthy women wore high-heel shoes compared to barefoot.
The study confirmed that high-heel shoes increased the force across the patellofemoral component of the knee (behind the kneecap) and the compressive force on the medial compartment of the knee (the inside of the knee joint). Researchers concluded that the additional force from wearing high-heel shoes may result in degenerative changes to the knee.

Point you should remember: High-heel shoes may be stylish but they are not the shoe that is best for joint health. When you wear high heels, your foot is in an unnatural position. Over time that takes a toll. If you are a huge fan of high-heel shoes, the best advice is to limit the time you wear them.


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