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Wearing High Heels Could Leave You Weak in the Knees

by Savitha C Muppala on October 30, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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 Wearing High Heels Could Leave You Weak in the Knees

A new study has revealed the negatives of wearing high-heels as it could lead to knee problems later in life.

9 out of 10 wearers of high-heels report associated soreness, fatigue, numbness and bunions when wearing such footwear.

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Yaodong Gu, Yan Zhang and Wenwen Shen of the Faculty of Sports Science, at Ningbo University, in Zhejiang, China, have shown that there are long-term risks for wearers of high-heels who find themselves regularly having to run.

The team measured the hip and ankle movements in young women running in different types of footwear - flat shoes heel (15 mm heel), low heel (45 mm) and high heels (70 mm).
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They observed an increased motion of range of knee abduction-adduction and hip flexion-extension while the volunteers where running in high heels.

This, they explain, could induce high loading forces on knee joints. Moreover, they observed a decrease in ankle movement and inversion while running that correlated with heel height, which would be linked to a greater risk of sprain.

The researchers suggest that the higher the heel the greater the risk of an ankle sprain if running.

A study has been published in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology.

Source: ANI
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