High Heel Health: Arches are bad for the body

CREATED Aug 7, 2013

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Most women love their high heels, but it's no secret the high arches can leave your feet aching.

Doctors said heels that are too high can have a domino affect on a woman's overall health.

They can cause stress fractures, tendinitis and bone spurs, and encourage bunion and hammertoe formation.

Heels can also have an impact on the rest of the body.

"When the body weight goes to the ball of your foot, the whole skeleton really has to compensate, so the knees and hips jet forward and then your back has to hyper extend backwards," said Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, podiatric medicine and surgery.

This can then lead to arthritis and joint pain.

Podiatrists recommend women wear heels that are no higher than two-inches.