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Fashionable footwear linked to increased arthritis risk

Published on 02/10/2009
Jo Cumming, Arthritis Care helpline manager, said that 'killer heels' can put stress on the joints of the feet, increasing the wearer's chances of arthritic pain in the long-term.

"Any injury to a joint might lead to arthritis in later life, so it's really important that you look after all your joints when you're younger," she explained.

Maintaining a healthy weight and wearing comfortable, supportive shoes are advised for people who already have the condition.

"The lighter you are on your feet the better, as excess weight creates more stress and pressure for the bones in your feet when you are standing, walking and running," Ms Cumming added.

A recent study published in the US journal Arthritis Care & Research found that women's past choices of footwear could be linked with hindfoot pain.

According to the National Audit Office, severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis can shorten life expectancy by as much as six to ten years.
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