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TECHNOLOGY CANNOT CHANGE THE KINEMATICS OF WEARING HIGH HEELS

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Podiatrist Marisha Stawiski, DPM points to three small studies that conclude heels, in particular, can create many hip, knee, and other lower-extremity issues. “In the foot alone,” she says, “there are many problems that include, but are not limited to plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, Haglund’s deformity, painful corns and calluses, metatarsalgia, hallux limitus, and neuromas.”

 

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Dr. Marisha Stawiski

 

Dr. Stawiski admits that some of the technology available, like memory foam and built-in arch support, can diminish components of the problems associated with heels, but the fact that all high heels are thrusting the foot into a very unnatural position for a prolonged period of time is the biggest issue. “Technology cannot change the foot kinematics of someone who wears high heels,” Stawiski says. “I try to practice what I preach and stay away from really high heels almost all of the time, and I do not recommend high heels to my patients.”

 

Source: Lydia Dishman, Fast Company 


Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.


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