Numbers released in The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery reveal that American women are sustaining high-heel-related injuries at an ever-increasing rate. The study examined data from 2002 to 2012 and found that the injury rate nearly doubled over the time span.
Of the foot and ankle sprains and strains sustained, the group most likely to encounter trouble, according to the study, is the 20- to 29-year-old age range. The second most at-risk age group is 30 to 39.
It doesn’t register as a huge surprise that the women most likely to injure themselves are those who are probably wearing heels the most often—whether for work or play (and for evenings out that might sometimes involve a few too many glasses of wine, a seriously epic dance party, and a tiny little tumble on the dance floor).
It’s not just simple ankle and foot sprains that heel-wearers are at risk for—other recent studies have revealed that the impact of relentless heel-wearing has the potential to affect your entire body alignment.