-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Wearing high heels while
dancing may add an air of gracefulness to a woman's moves, but
heels also place a great deal of extra pressure on a dancer's toes,
British and Chinese researchers measured the forces exerted on
the soles of the feet of six professional dancers. They found that
when the study participants danced in their bare feet, the force
was spread evenly between heel and toe. Dancing in high heels,
however, resulted in more force being transferred to the front of
The study findings are published in the latest issue of the
International Journal of Experimental and Computational
Dancing in 10-centimeter high heels (about 4 inches) can lead to
pressures three times that of the atmosphere being applied to the
toes, according to Yaodong Gu, of the Liverpool John Moores
University in the United Kingdom, and colleagues.
This increased pressure on the front of the foot can lead to
discomfort and a painful condition called plantar fasciitis over an
extended period of time, the researchers said. The findings may
help improve the design of dance shoes with high heels, the study
"Most published studies have been focused on the effects of high-heeled shoes on normal walking, while research on more intensive locomotion such as dancing is very limited," the researchers pointed out in a news release from the journal's publisher.
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