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High heels ruled out as risk factor in osteoarthritis of the knee

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:768
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Wearing high heeled shoes does not increase the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee, new research has shown.

    Twice as many women as men aged over 65 have knee pain associated with osteoarthritis, and some research has found that the higher prevalence among women could be linked to wearing high heeled shoes. But new research reported in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2003;57:823–30) could find no increased risk.

    “It is very unlikely that prolonged wearing of high heeled shoes represents a risk factor for symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee in women,” …

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