Thursday, 26 January 2012

A Scientific Look At The Dangers Of High Heels

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How shoes affect human gait is a controversial topic these days. The popularity of barefoot running, for instance, has grown in large part because of the belief, still unproven, that wearing modern, well-cushioned running shoes decreases foot strength and proprioception, the sense of how the body is positioned in space, and contributes to running-related injuries.

Whether high heels might likewise affect the wearer's biomechanics and injury risk has received scant scientific attention, however, even though millions of women wear heels almost every day. Neil J. Cronin, a postdoctoral researcher at the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, looked at the dangers of high heels, one of the first studies of its kind.

2 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

If you think high heels are bad, just think what ballet Pointe shoes are doing to millions of young girls who study ballet.

Brian Kern said...

My wife turned and asked, "You people needed a STUDY to figure out high heels are dangerous? Why didn't Neil J. Cronin just ask a woman?"