High heels might affect women's bone health

Wearing high heels over a period of time might impact a woman's bone health. A new survey revealed that wearing high heels regularly could also lead to early osteoporosis and permanent backache.

A survey conducted by Max Healthcare (MHC) -- 'Women's bone health and orthopaedic issues' -- was done with over 500 women in Gurugram, Delhi/NCR aged between 20 to 45 years and above.

"Our survey has shown that 48.5 per cent women wear high heels on a regular basis or on the weekends for social gatherings. High heels, when worn on a regular basis, impact the back, toes and the joints of ankle and knee," said Dr SKS Marya, Chairman and Chief Surgeon, Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement, Max Hospital in Gurugram.

"This puts immense pressure on the spine which can hamper the overall bone structure and posture of women over a period of time. These heels create an anomalous and awkward angle for the ankle which further creates pressure and hinders the circulation to the foot," Marya added.

The survey also revealed that 37.5 per cent of 20-30 year old women wear high heels daily. According to the data, 43.7 per cent working women wear high heels daily.

Only 14.6 per cent 20–30-year-old women do not prefer high heels at all or wear occasionally.

"In many cases, the big toe becomes deformed also known as 'Hallux Valgus', and require correction surgery. Regular use of high heels might also lead to early osteoporosis and permanent backache," Marya said.

"Therefore, women should only wear high heels occasionally and go for flats, ballerinas, loafers, slip ons, oxfords etc for daily use," Marya added.

The survey also found that over 50 per cent women do not focus on their daily posture and are ruining their bone health in the process.

 

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