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Posted by S. T. on October 31, 2000 at 10:27:18:

In Reply to: High Heels and Foot Health posted by Melanie on October 30, 2000 at 23:14:09:

: Hi everyone--

: I have to confess... I love high heels! I like the way the look, and I like the way they make me look.

: But I also love my feet and I've heard over and over how bad heels can be...

: At work, I stick with loafers, stacked heels, mid-range two to three inches--but for going out I prefer the stiletto variety. I admit that every now and then they kill my feet, if I have to do a lot of standing or walking.

: I want to strike a balance between pretty shoes and pretty feet... does anyone have any advice or suggestions? How high is too high? How often is too often? Are there warning signs to watch out for--before irreversible damage is done?

: Also, some of the women in my family have bunions... I've heard two different sides, that they're hereditary and that they're caused by high heels. Which is true?

: Thanks,

: Mel

High heels are necessarily bad for your feet. The height is not a problem. What is a problem is
the type of heel that you wear. Even the type of low heeled shoe is important. Stay away from
pointed toe shoes in both cases - that's where the problem comes in. Make sure you're wearing
a shoe with a wide toe base. Pointed toe shoes can cause the bunion to develop if you have the
foot type which you probably have. I just had a bunionectomy on both feet - I was born with
the bunions from the start. My doctor has encouraged me to wear heels since the surgery about
3 months ago as long as it's not pointed toe. So heels aren't bad.

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