So I’ll admit, as a woman who’s shorter than your average height, I know how bad heels are for me, and I will probably continue to wear them for years yet. (I have to be able to look people in the eye. Or at least closer to it.) But some of these other points, like how many problems tight clothing can create, are pretty valid, and will certainly make me think twice before doing some of these trendy behaviors.

And that purse I carry? I switched to a messenger bag years ago in order to carry it across my body. I know my books are heavy (and, yes, I almost always am carrying one), but at least I can protect my back from their weight a little.

Is your clothing hazardous to your health?

with advice from Mitch Kaye, PT

Many women (and some men) are slaves to fashion, as they say. But are your clothes dangerous to your health? Mitch Kaye, PT, PTPN’s Director of Quality Assurance, says that many types of clothing, footwear, and even accessories can be harmful for you.

Women have been wearing high heels for years, despite knowing they cause a range of foot and health problems. Mitch says that high heels (defined as pumps with heels of 2 inches or more) can damage your back, knees and feet. They increase your risk for ankle sprains or breaks, as well as falls, and can lead to arthritis, foot deformities, poor posture, plantar fasciitis and balance impairments. Standing in high heels for long periods of time can cause deep vein thrombosis and tight Achilles tendons, and wearing them on a regular basis can cause pain in your ankles, knees, hips, back and neck, and even chronic headaches.

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