High-Heeled Shoes Don't Cause Bunions: Study

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:06 PM


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High-heeled shoes are known to shorten calf muscles, cause pain, and even trigger migraines, but according to new research, they won't lead to bunions. For that, you can thank your parents.

The study, led Dr. Marian Hannan from Hebrew SeniorLife and Harvard Medical School in Boston, included 1,370 participants enrolled in the Framingham Foot Study. Participants had a mean age of 66 years and 57 percent were female.

The research showed bunions are "highly inheritable," meaning your favorite stilettos are off the hook. But if you have preexisting bunions, your high-heel habit won't help, the researchers noted.

Bunions affect 23 percent of individuals 18 to 65 years of age and 36 percent of those over 65 years according to prior research.

Australian researcher Neil J. Cronin, who recently published a study on how high heels alter the biomechanics of the foot, advises that high-heel wearers try, if possible, to steer clear of towering heights when selecting shoes. Opt for heels maybe "once or twice a week," he told The New York Times, or "try to remove the heels whenever possible, such as when you're sitting at your desk."

The findings of the new study, announced Monday, are published online in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

© AFP/Relaxnews 2014

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