The British Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists have warned that unchecked levels of obesity coupled with bad footwear could be fueling an 'arthritis crises'.
Osteoarthritis which is the most common form of arthritis which afflicts millions is the result of undue stress on the cartilage. The stress is caused due to wear and tear or injury of the joint.
High heels can change the posture of the body and escalate the pressure on the knee, ankle and foot. Thus wearing high heels exacerbates risk of osteoarthritis.
Professor Anthony Redmond, a podiatrist and arthritis researcher from the society, said "Choosing the right footwear will help minimize the stress placed on the feet and joints during everyday activity and helps reduce the risk of injury and joint damage. For daily wear, the recommendation is to opt for a round-toed shoe with a heel height of no more than 2cm-3cm (one inch) and with a shock-absorbent sole to help minimize shock to the joints."