Twisted Sisters

How shoes affect your knees

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDayNews) -- If you're a woman who likes to wear high heels, do you ever wonder why your knees hurt?

Scientists at Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital studied 20 women who wore heels at least two inches high. The study found that the heels increased the torque (the force from twisting) at the knee.

The height of the heels strained the joint between the back of the kneecap and the lower thigh bone, the scientists found. The shoes also bent the lower leg inward and strained the inner side of the knee.

Last Updated: