The Harm High Heels Can Cause

By CNN News Wire

Published 07/18 2014 07:14AM

Updated 07/18 2014 07:15AM

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.

"You can't go to a party without heels that just makes your outfit the shoes."

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 encourage bunion and hammertoe formation," says Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.  "It happens everyday that patients come in to my office with these problems."

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," Dr. Sutera says. "This completely mal aligns not just your foot, but the entire skeleton."

This could lead to arthritis, long term pain, and joint pain.

Still most women don't want togive up their shoe lust.

"I'm 32 years old and I'm bunion free and I've been wearing heels my whole life so I'm going to still rock them."

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.

(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)  

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