Researchers have conducted the first systematic review of research into both the benefits and harms of high heel wear.

Their findings, published in the journal BMC Public Health, showed consistent evidence linking high heel wear to an increased risk of bunions, musculoskeletal pain and injuries to the wearer. Some of these injuries, such as ankle fractures, were serious and required hospital attention. They found overall however the overall risk of injury was moderate.

They also found consistent evidence that high heel wear offers benefits to women in terms of how they perceive their own beauty. So there is a potential dilemma that women face: wearing high heels may increase their attractiveness but it may also be detrimental to their health.


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