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High Heeled Hazards

6H SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2006 NEWS ILLUSTRATED SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL. HIGH-HEEL HAZARDS Calf musdes May shorten and tighten over time, resulting in the lowering of the arch, and eventually making it difiult to relax the foot. |Calfmusde contracts when wearing |high heek. From Manolo Blahniks to Nine West, high heels are a popular fashion trend, prompting some women to seek surgery to fit into the shoes. But with the trend comes certain health risks. Calf musdeis relaned when feet are fat. Achilles tendon Can also shorten and tighten over time. Surgery may be required to correct the condition. When the Achiles tendon is relaned, the foot is able to restat a 90-degree angle. PERFECT POSTURE? With High heels contort the body Nith flat shees into an Scurved shape. which most women may love. but podiatrists say the posture is unnatural Knee pain Caused by extra strain on the knee joint and tendons. Heels force thigh muscles to work harder, which increases pressure on the kneecap by as much as 26 percent. Over time, the added pressure may cause osteoarthritis. high heels With heels, the tendon s compressed. When wearing hees for a long time, the tendon will shorten and the foot cannot relax at a 90-degree angle. - Areas where weight is distributed Chestis pushed forward. Spine isfairty |staight. The lower back is pushed C forwand. while hips are pushed back. Weight pressure A heel's height determines the weight carried by the forefoot. Pressure Inceases en ferefeot Bina 76% 2a 57% ed 22% Flat shoes help evenly distribute the Pressure fet at knees body weight throughout the foot. Ankle sprains Caused from twisting the ligaments that connect the foot and leg bones. The heel is balancing on the stleto. the heel shits outward, the sudden twist can spain the ankle ligaments LWeight distributed over entire foot Hees minik the way a person walks on a ramp, inceasing the pressure on the bals of the feet through a downward force. Shortening the second toe Some people were born with a second toe longer than the big toe. This condition may cause problems for those who want to wear small, narrow shoes Room to relax Narrow shoes can lead to a variety of minor ailments for the toes Force toes to conform to its shape. The tight fe can cause bunions, hammertoes and coms. WHAT IS DONE: O Apiece of bone is removed. O Bone end are | joined with a pin. MARROW TOE BOXES Corns Hard calluses that form on the top of toes or on the side of the small toe. Can be removed by a doctor. Surgeons cut beneslike this to make them fit and heal better. WIDER TOE BOXES Collagen injections Collagen is injected into the foot's fat pad (such as the base of the big toe or in the forefoot) to increase cushioning for wearing high heels. Not permanent the extra fat only lasts for a couple of months between injections. Leave a lot of room for the toes to relan and stretch out. Podiatrists recommend these types of shoes with a fat sole. Bunions A large, bony bump on the base of the big toe; forms after narrow shoes force joints to permanently bend, rubbing against shoe. WHAT IS DONE -O hebone growth is removed SURGICAL PROCEDURES O he bones re realigned. Women are turning to cosmetic surgery to fit into the fashionable shoes. A survey by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society shows a growing trend among women who have a toe Hammertoes A permanent bend at the middle joints of the middle toes; ligaments and tendons tighten, Causing the toe to curl. Pain comes from pressure on the ball of the foot. LEFT FOOT (INSIDE VIEW) WHAT IS DONE: O Asmall piece of bone Tsat tom the toe. Corms, calluses may form on top of the hammertoes. shortened, or have collagen injected into their feet to wear high heels. A look at some common minor surgeries: O Bones are realigned, and a pin holds bones in place during healing Percentage of women wearing high heels daily 1986 60% 1996 50% SURVEY SAYS ... Percentage by age group of women who wear heels daily ABOUT THE SURVEYAal of 72% 28% 44% 15% S0 interviews ofwomen ages 18andolder were conducted throughout the counny by telephone from February to Marchin 200 The euts of the sunvey havea margin of eror of plusor minus 45 percent. The 2003 survey was compared to APMA surveys in 1966 and 1996. Compations between the 1996 and 2003 urveys havea margin of emor of plus or minus eperienced pain, uually spercent, while he and 2003uvys hve amargin of emor of plnor minusS percent Ages 18-24 A 2003 American Podiatric Medical Association survey shows a decline in 2003 the number of women who Percentage reporting wear high heels daily. Some physical problems results of the survey were 1986 compared with similar surveys conducted in 1986 and 1996: of women wear high of women never heels at some time. wear high heels with foot discomfort with discomfort seek do nothing to ease pain. medical attention. -49% Ages 25-49 20% 9% 59% 54% -42% Age 50 and over 76% wear high heels for 73% wear heels more than eight hours. experienced pain, uSually in the toes. 1996 one to four hours. L34% in the ball of the foot. 2003 SOURCES: Dr. David Chen podiatrit, Uivenity Physkians Pavilion Amerkan Academy of Orthopaedik Surgeons Amerikan Podiatric Medical Association American Orthopandic FootAle Society. KRT; Sun Sentinel research Stalf graphicelinda Long

High Heeled Hazards

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High heels are trendy, but with this trend come certain health risks. This infographic takes a look at the health risks associated to wearing high heels.


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