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The High Risks of High Heels

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http://www.dailyrxnews.com/high-heeled-shoes-tied-injuries-ankle-and-foot-sprains-women Many women experience the saying "beauty is pain" in a real way when it comes to footwear choices, and some experts are taking note and preaching caution. A new study found that emergency room visits for injuries tied to wearing high-heeled shoes were common — particularly among younger women. "Some historians suggest that high-heeled shoes have been around for nearly 300 years, and that medical professionals have been warning wearers about the dangers of such shoes for the same amount of time,” said lead study author Gerald McGwin Jr., PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in a UAB press release. Dr. McGwin and team wanted to see just how common injuries tied to high heels might be among modern women. To do so, they looked at 2002 to 2012 data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Over 3,000 high heel-related injuries that ended with ER visits were identified in the database, representing an estimated 123,355 injuries nationwide during this time. The injuries varied, but the most common types were sprains and strains to feet and ankles. While the overall rate was 7.32 high heel injuries per 100,000 women, the rate was higher among younger women — 18.38 injuries per 100,000 women in their 20s and 11.07 injuries per 100,000 women in their 30s. The rate of injuries also increased over the decade studied, nearly doubling from 2002 to 2012.