The dangers of high heels are quite real

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You ever see a woman walking around on incredibly tall and pointy high heels and say to yourself, "That actually looks dangerous!"

Well, it is. And high heel-related injuries are on the rise.

From HealthDay via CBS News:

U.S. emergency rooms treated 123,355 high-heel-related injuries between 2002 and 2012, say researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. More than 19,000 of those injuries occurred in 2011 alone.

Sprains and strains to the foot and ankle were the most common complaints, and most patients were in their 20s and 30s, the study found.

The study was published last month in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Injuries. From a university press release:

The vast majority of the injuries — more than 80 percent — were to the ankle or foot, with just under 20 percent involving the knee, trunk, shoulder, or head and neck. More than half were strains or sprains, with fractures accounting for 19 percent of all injuries. While white females as a group had the largest number of heel-related injuries, the rate of injury for black females was twice that of whites.

“Our findings also suggest that high-heel-related injuries have increased over time, with the rate of injury nearly doubling from 2002 to 2012,” said lead researcher Gerald McGwin, Ph.D., vice chair and professor of the Department of Epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health. "We also noted that nearly half the injuries occurred in the home, which really supports the idea of wearing the right footwear for the right occasion and setting. Also, to reduce the time of exposure, we recommend that those wearing heels be aware of how often and for how long they wear them.”

Is it just us, or is it sort of strange that women wear high heels so frequently at home? We don't get that.

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