There's nothing like pretty shoes to make you feel glamorous. And if the pair makes your legs look longer and slimmer--well, bring 'em on. But just make sure that footwear is comfortable--and the heels aren't too high. Otherwise, you're risking some serious health problems down the line.
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At least according to Dr. David Agus, an oncologist and professor of medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Angus believes high heels--especially ones over three inches--and uncomfortable footwear can affect our posture and the way we walk. Not only is this bad for our joints, but the constant pain and wear and tear can lead to chronic inflammation.
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And that's the problem. Low-levels of inflammation can damage tissues throughout the body, and increase our risk for a host of diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer's, and cancer.
The fix? Well, before you toss out all your heels, put them to this test. If your footwear doesn't leave you with throbbing, aching feet after a few hours, keep that pair. But if they do, give them away. Another option: Wear wedges, which give you height without pinching your toes or forcing the foot into unnatural positions.
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