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Friday, June 10, 2011

Foot police at it again: Those demon high heels

The foot police are at it again with warnings of foreboding to all who dare sport high heels. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (UK) have commented on a survey of 2000 people in the UK which found higher heels can alter the body’s posture with increased pressure on the foot, ankle and knee joints. No real surprise there but they go on to suggest this alone heralds the potential of a national “arthritis crisis”. What absolute balderdash. The association between wear and tear in the weightbearing joints (osteoarthrosis) and ill-fitting footwear has long been promulgated but never scientifically proven. The number of people affected by osteoarthosis has continued to soar in the UK and other places mainly due to the increasing levels of obesity and the ageing population. Professor Tony Redmond later commented “ Choosing the right footwear will help minimise the stress placed on the feet and joints during everyday activity and help reduce the risk of injury and joint damage.” However it would be an oversimplification to lay the blame entirely on fashionable heels. Redmond also suggested. “ When doing exercise, wearing trainers fitted and designed specifically for that form of exercise will both improve performance and give added protection from injury.” Shoes may appear as an exciting cause of some foot pathlogies and contributory factor in others but rearly if ever are they a primary reason for serious foot ailments.

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