For decades, women have been warned about the damage high heels can cause to the feet and joints. But it seems there may be even more reasons to ditch the stilettos.
Last week, Helen Sewell, a communication coach, told MPs high heels are costing British businesses £260 million a year as women take sick leave for related conditions.
‘Wearing heels has a serious impact on your ability to think properly, your ability to breathe properly and your ability to deliver an executive presence,’ she told the Commons committee inquiry into the effect of dress codes in the workplace.
There have been a number of studies identifying health risks associated with wearing heels long-term.
While wearing heels initially strengthens the ankle muscles, long-term the same muscles are weakened, leading to injury, reported phsyiologists at the University of North Carolina in the U.S last year.
Previous studies have suggested high heels can lead to problems including hammer toes (where the toes become permanently bent), muscle fatigue and osteoarthritis (‘wear and tear’ of the joints).
There may also be a link between vertiginous footwear and cancer, according to a leading cancer specialist, Dr David Agus, a professor of medicine at the University of Southern California.
In his book A Short Guide To A Long Life — which lists the simple steps people should take to reduce their risk of cancer and long-term illness — Professor Agus recommends avoiding heels and spending more time in comfortable shoes. You can read the all article Here.