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Question:

My teen daughter likes to wear high heels all the time. Some of them are outrageously high. I warned her several times that she could be damaging her feet but she doesn't listen. Can she damage her feet by wearing high heels all the time?

Answer:

High heels may look great on some women, but like everything, they should be used in moderation. Not only can high heels cause foot problems, such as corns, calluses, hammertoes, and arthritis, they can cause back problems, not to mention the pain from a sprained or broken ankle. Researchers have also made a link between long-term high heel wear and osteoarthritis of the knee. E.O. Momoh and J.G. Anderson. Hallux Rigidus: Current Concepts in Surgical Treatment. In Current Orthopaedic Practice. April 2009. Vol. 20. No. 2. Pp. 136-139.

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