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(HealthDay News) -- Wearing high heels may be fashionable, but they can wreak havoc on your body.

The American Osteopathic Association suggests how to avoid problems while wearing high heels:

  • Choose a heel that is no higher than 1 1/4 inches, has a wide base and is thicker-than-average. Skip the stilettos.
  • Pad heels with cushioned insoles to ease stress on your knees.
  • Choose heels with a wide toe box that fit properly, with no room for feet to slide forward.
  • Skip heels on days when you'll be doing a lot of walking or standing.
  • Don't wear heels every day or all day long. Alternate with more comfortable shoes.
  • Stretch your feet and calf muscles.

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Published: October 2014

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