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High Heels Health Tips

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The women’s shoe industry is nearly $40 billion annually. Women love shopping for them. But the pleasure of that cute new pair may not be worth it. A recent article offered experts opinions on the down-side of high heels.

High heels can cause pain and injury to your feet, legs and back. The high heels affect the way you walk and that can lead to back pain, bunions and hammertoes. Other potential health risks of high heals include:

  • foot and ankle swelling
  • nerve damage
  • pain in the heels and balls of feet.

Here are some suggestions to keep in mind when you go shopping for the next cute pair of shoes:

  • buy wider heels to distribute the pressure
  • give your toes some wiggle room
  • shop at the end of the day when your feet are often larger
  • particularly if you shop online, get regular feet measurements to see it your feet have gotten bigger
  • don’t buy shoes that pinch, even a little; they will likely get worse over time
  • finally and most importantly, don’t buy heels over 2 inches high that owes the stress on your knees.

That’s the low down on high heels.

Dr. Mache Seibel, Founder of My Menopause Magazine http://bit.ly/MyMenoMag 

Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School 

Founder My Menopause Magazine 




(617) 916-1880 

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“It’s better to stay well than to get well!”  Mache Seibel, MD.

Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel is America’s health expert, addressing the critical needs of consumers from stress and weight control to menopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for almost 20 years and is a pioneer in many areas of women’s health and more. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. His professional experiences include:

– Host for PBS and NBC TV episodes, frequent media expert;

– Repeatedly voted into Best Doctors in America;

– Past Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause;

– Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s highest honor 2008;

– Multiple national awards for research, writing, music writing and patient education;

– Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-present;

– Director, Complicated Menopause Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-2011;

– Founder of HealthRock®, reshaping health education with health songs and entertainment;

– Past Medical Director, Inverness Medical Innovations (now Alere);

– Corporate Consultant and Corporate Health Expert Nationally and Internationally;

– Author/editor 14 books, over 200 scientific articles;

– American Cancer Society New England Division Medical Advisory Network;

– Advisory board of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps initiative to fight childhood obesity; and

– Nationally known guest speaker, key note speaker.

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