Years of wearing heels can cause harmful imbalance


THREE years of regularly wearing high heels could harm the balance of feet. Research shows that continual use can cause a potentially harmful imbalance in the feet of women despite initially strengthening important muscles around the ankle. After three years the shoes led to some muscles becoming dominant and increased the risk of sprains.
A team from Hanseo University in South Korea studied 40 professional women who wear heels of 10 centimetres or more at least three times a week.
They regularly measured the women’s ankle strength, and found that two of the four main muscles started becoming dominant after between one and three years of regular wear but after that they eventually caused a muscular imbalance.
Deformed feet, back pain and unhealthy walking patterns can all result from wearing heels too often.


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