The influence of heel height related on quality of life on the foot in a sample of women

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Many women have worn high-heel shoes (HHS) at some point in their lives and many wear them on a daily basis, with higher prevalence between 39% and 78% observed in institutional and clinical settings. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the scores obtained with regard to foot health and health in general in a sample of women that use HHS as opposed to a sample of women without HHS with normalized reference values. A sample of 120 participants with a mean age of 41.94 ± 13.912 came to a health center where self-reported data were registered. The subjects with and without HHS were determined and the scores obtained were compared in the Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ). This questionnaire is made of 13 questions that assess 4 health domains of the feet, namely pain, function, general health and footwear. The women in the HHS group showed a worse quality of life related to health in general and to foot health specifically. Differences between the two groups were evaluated by means of a t-test for independent samples, showing statistical significance (P<0.01). Women with HHS present a negative impact on the quality of life related to foot health.




López-López, D., Marañon-Medina, J., Losa-Iglesias, M. E., Calvo-Lobo, C., Rodríguez-Sanz, D., Palomo-López, P., & De Bengoa Vallejo, R. B. (2018). The influence of heel height related on quality of life on the foot in a sample of women. Revista Da Associacao Medica Brasileira, 64(4), 324–329.

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