Cute high heels, may not be worth the long time side effects - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/16/10

Cute high heels, may not be worth the long time side effects

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By Karin McCay| email

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – "I really love wearing high heel shoes. There are times when you feel sleeker, there are times when they empower you," said Bettina Celifie, who always wears high heels.

Powerful now and painful problems later.  An orthopedic surgeon says he's concerned that more and more women are asking for trouble, wearing high heels that will bring lasting medical conditions.

"All those pressures get transferred to the forefoot and they cause angulations this way," said Eric Horton, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon.  "And if our foot is forced to be in a certain confined posture for a long period of time eventually it's going to overload the soft tissues and the joints causing them to misalign."

Dr. Horton, says high heels may be stylish but they can lead to instability and deformity, causing conditions like hammertoes, constricted nerves and bunions...problems that may require corrective surgery.  Instead, Dr. Horton suggests avoiding heels over two inches and never more than four hours.  If you can't give up the heels, he says at least wear open toe shoes because that will give your foot more room as long as the sides are thick enough to keep your foot snug.

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