Study: Women who wear heels more prone to Arthritis

A new British journal study showing that women who wear high heels for long periods of time through their lives are at greater risk of developing arthritis, in addition to many known problems from wearing heels such as knee and back issues.

April 21, 2015

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network physician Bryan Murtaugh, MD, recently talked with WTOP-FM 103.5 in D.C., about a new British journal study showing that women who wear high heels for long periods of time through their lives are at greater risk of developing arthritis, in addition to many known problems from wearing heels such as knee and back issues.

Dr. Murtaugh explains that while more research is needed on this subject, there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that wearing high heels can put more stress and strain on women’s knees and set them up for trouble down the road.

He says one of the big factors is that heels can pitch the body forward, causing the joints to have to make adjustments.

“When you look at force going through the knees when walking, you see as the heel height goes up or increases, there is more force that is put through the knees,” says Dr. Murtaugh. “The damage is most evident in women who have been wearing high heels for years on a regular basis. This can cause joint problems to creep up, usually from wear and tear and stress on the joints over time.”

One significant medical fact in all of this: Women are more prone to osteoarthritis in the knees than men and have knee replacement surgery in far greater numbers than men.

-courtesy of WTOP-FM/Paula Wolfson

http://wtop.com/health/2015/04/study-details-dangers-of-wearing-high-heels/