High Heels Could Cause Cancer!

Scary but true: long term high heel wearing raises your cancer riskI’ve long said that high heels are just plain bad for your feet…but now, new evidence has emerged that they’re pretty terrible for the rest of your body. According to cancer specialist Dr. David Agus’ recently published book, A Short Guide to a Long Life, wearing high-heels actually increases your risk of developing the often-deadly disease!

If this information leaves you in disbelief (or shaking in your Louboutins) here’s the explanation why: Not only do uncomfortable shoes like high heels (or too tight/loose styles of any kind of shoe) cause you pain, they also trigger internal inflammation. Over time, even low levels of chronic internal inflammation can raise your risk of developing cancer. “There’s clearly an association with inflammation and cancer,” Agus explains, “and wearing your shoes to the point that your feet hurt—that’s a source of inflammation.”

The good news is that occasional foot pain isn’t the real cause for concern; daily pain, however, may leave your body fighting the inflammation in your feet instead of focusing on repairs elsewhere in your body. The theory is that this internal distraction makes it easier for cells to mutate and become cancerous.

What should your takeaway be given all this scary information? Wear shoes that support and fit your feet (at least the majority of the time) and NEVER ignore foot pain.  Problems left unchecked in your feet can only pave the way for bigger health concerns down the road.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.