High Heels and Pumps Now, Foot Pain Later

September 29, 2009
www.nytimes.com
Roni Caryn Rabin

Some women love their shoes so much it hurts.

That is the conclusion of a new study that looks at the link between shoes and foot pain. It was based on questioning of 3,378 men and women from Framingham, Mass., about their shoes in the past and the present. Their average age was 66.

The researchers found that women who had mainly worn supportive footwear like sneakers or athletic shoes in their early years cut their risk of foot pain later by more than half, compared with women who had worn shoes that gave average support, like hard-soled or rubber-soled ones.

But both of those groups were in a minority. More than 60 percent said that in the past they generally wore high heels, pumps, sandals and slippers, all of which researchers rated as higher risk. Women who wore those were at the most risk of hindfoot, ankle and Achilles’ tendon pain. More…

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