June 16, 2016 – Ladies Beware! Wearing High Heels Can Damage Your Knee Permanently – Stanford University Researchers
Stanford University researchers have discovered that wearing high heels can cause permanent knee damage. A study performed by researchers at US varsity examined the knees of 14 healthy women as they walked around in shoes with different heel heights.
The researchers found that, as heel height increased, detrimental changes took place in the subjects’ knees-changes that were similar to those seen with ageing and osteoarthritis.
These changes were also seen with increasing body weight or body mass index (BMI), indicating that excess body weight also takes its toll on the knees. Add this to the damage done by wearing high heels, and these women’s knees were in trouble indeed.
According to the research, patients with obesity, commonly report joint pain, especially of weightbearing joints such as the knees and hips. Some experts have estimated that approximately 35 per cent of people with osteoarthritis are also obese, and this adds a significant burden both in terms of functional status (getting around, being able to do everyday activities) and clinical status (of the arthritis disease process itself).
Studies have shown a significant association between increased weight and osteoarthritis of the knee and of the hip, and still more research has looked at how weight-loss therapy in obese older adults can improve physical function.
Researchers note that one result of weight loss is improved mobility, and a good part of this is due to less mechanical stress on the joints, with fewer symptoms of arthritis. However, the Stanford researchers found that the heel heights that really aged knee joints by as much as 20 years were those that were three inches or higher.