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High heels are 'good' for you
by JENNY HOPE, Daily Mail
After decades of dire warnings about the perils of wearing high heels, doctors have now dramatically put the boot into the idea that they are bad for women.
In fact, stilettoes may be kinder to female knees than sensible 'flatties', say researchers. They discovered that wearing a high heel may make women less likely to develop arthritic changes in the knee joint in later life. But, at the very least, so-called fashion victims are no worse off than women opting for low-level footwear, they claim. The finding will be welcomed by some of the most famous legs in the celebrity world, including British- born actress Kim Cattrall, who plays high heelwearing man-eater Samantha in TV's Sex and the City.
Another famous stiletto fan, Rachel Weisz, can feel equally vindicated. It has long been suspected that so many women suffer painful knees in later life because of footwear. By 65, about twice as many women as men have arthritic knees. Researchers at Warwick University and Oxford Brookes University investigated the stiletto controversy with the help of 111 women aged 50 to 70, of whom 29 were awaiting knee replacements. They asked about their taste in shoes and other lifestyle factors, according to a report in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. To their surprise, they found no evidence that wearing high heels was linked to knee problems. Indeed, the statistics suggested those who regularly wore 3in heels were less likely to be suffering. Professor Margaret Thorogood, from the Medical School at Warwick University, said certain shoes did not cause knee problems.
But being overweight before 40, doing demanding physical work and previous knee injuries all did. In fact, there was a link between regular dancing in 3in heels and a reduced risk of knee problems, she said. 'It is very unlikely that prolonged wearing of high-heeled shoes represents...
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