High Heels and Foot Pain

Friday, December 25, 2009

Women should think twice before buying their next pair of high heels or pumps. They could be setting themselves up for painful feet later in life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study on footwear and foot pain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Women wearing high heels today may be in store for a great deal of foot pain later on.

A study found that people who make poor shoe choices early in life by wearing unsupportive footwear like high heels, sandals and slippers are much more likely to suffer from foot pain in later years.

In the study, researchers examined the effects of footwear choices early in life on foot pain later in life in a group of more than 3,300 adults who participated in the Framingham Foot Study.

Participants were asked if they had pain, aching or stiffness in one or both feet. They also provided information on the types of shoes they wore throughout their life.

The results showed that 19 percent of men and 29 percent of women had generalized foot pain on most days.

Women who wore good shoes in the past were 67 percent less likely to report painful feet than those who wore average shoes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.