The Daily Mail reports that ever-popular pumps and platforms may make the wearer appear to be fashionable and leggy, but do little in the way of preventing the development of arthritis in the feet, ankles and knees.
The pressure that wearing towering heels puts on the ball of the foot not only stresses bones that are directly related to standing and walking, but can also affect the knees.
Anthony Redmond, a podiatrist and researcher at the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in the UK told the news source that the country is in an "arthritis crisis" as a result of British women's love of high heels.
Redmond recommended shoes with a heel height of no more than one inch and also said that rounded toes are best to prevent deformity.
High heels and arthritis have both been known to exacerbate bunions or hammer toe, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle surgeons.