"Killer Fashions"

A recent study finds 70% of women who wore ill-fitting shoes actually ended up with foot deformities, including bunions and hammer toes! Consumer Reports ShopSmart says ill-fitting shoes, or really high heels, are just one of many fashions women wear at their own risk.

Dr. Orly Avitzur, Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine says, "Skinny jeans may still be in style, but the pain they can cause is not something anyone would want. Overly constrictive pants can cause bladder infections or even blood clots in your legs."

So skip skinny and go for slim jeans instead.

Another fashion culprit-flat, floppy footwear.

Dr. Avitzur says, "Most flip-flops lack support and stability. And the can lead to inflammation and heel pain."

Far better for your feet are closed-heeled shoes that are much more supportive. It can help to look for the American Podiatric Medical Association's seal of acceptance.

And what about humongous handbags? You know the ones in which you can stash your laptop, book, makeup, water bottle, and whatever!

Dr. Avitzur says, "Carrying a heavy purse can take a huge toll on your back, neck, and shoulders. I see a lot of patients who are in real pain because of carrying a lot of heavy weight in their purse."

You want to make a point of lightening your load...and use a clutch or a small bag with a wide strap.

After all, you don't want to become the latest victim of high style to land you YouTube for all the world to see!

Another risky fashion choice is big, dangling earrings. They can damage your earlobe, so you don't' want to wear heavy earrings for long periods of time.

And it's a good idea to remove them when you're on the phone, styling your hair, or close to a small child who can reach out and grab them.


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