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Fashion-related health dangers?

Can your favorite attire actually put your health at risk? According to integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil and podiatrist Phil Vasyli, the answer is a resounding yes. Here are the top three fashion-related health dangers and the experts’ solutions to keeping you fashionable and ailment-free.
Can your favorite attire actually put your health at risk? According to integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil and podiatrist Phil Vasyli, the answer is a resounding yes. Here are the top three fashion-related health dangers and the experts’ solutions to keeping you fashionable and ailment-free.

3 Fashion-related health dangers

1. Tight Jean/Tingling Thigh Syndrome

If your morning routine includes wriggling and jumping up and down to get your jeans on, your midday routine may also be rubbing your legs because they ache or popping an antacid because you’ve got digestive distress. Believe it or not, skin-tight jeans can result in numbness, tingling and burning in your legs as well as heartburn because they compress a sensory nerve called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. This isn’t a woman-only problem; it can also happen to men who wear trousers that are too snug.

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Expert Tip: Aim for skinny jeans with elastic-based denim so that the elasticity will provide necessary give and flexibility. Or, try a different fashion trend that is healthier for your body: palazzo pants, trousers, skirts, and summer dresses.

2. Foot Deformities

Those stilettos may be sexy but we all know they aren’t comfortable and, worse yet, they are linked to many foot problems, including hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures, and Morton’s Neuroma, a persistent pain in the ball of the foot caused by the thickening of a nerve in response to pressure. If your toes aren’t suffering, your heel may be sporting the “pump bump”, a bony enlargement on the back of the heel from pressure and rubbing due to women’s pumps and dress shoes. Pump bump can lead to painful bursitis or inflammation of the heel area.

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Expert Tip: Vasyli says that high heels are not bad for your feet but that they shouldn’t be worn all day every day. The foot health expert adds, “Consider the fact that the normal human body was not intended to walk in high heels, so the most logical thing is to either not wear them or better, to save them for special occasions or the weekend.” If you want to wear a heel, the best option is to aim for a 1.5-inch to 2-inch heel with a wedge sole, more importantly with some contact with the arch or add an orthotic to add needed support at that high level. Orthotics also help keep the arch contours in place in lower heeled shoes. Further, wearing backless or soft-backed shoes can specifically help avoid irritating the pump bump area, if it’s already affected.

3. Shoulder Soreness, Stiff Neck, Muscle Strain, Joint Pain, and Headaches

Do you pack everything but the kitchen sink into your purse? It’s no wonder your upper body feels beat up by the end of your shopping trip. According to Weil, women who carry large and heavy shoulder bags can throw their back out of line and cause shoulder soreness, stiff neck, muscle strain, joint pain, and headaches.

Expert Tip: Duh, the obvious solution is to carry smaller, lighter bags! Do you need everything but the kitchen sink in your bag? Of course not! However, if you can’t give up your large shoulder bags, consider the advice from the American Chiropractic Association: make sure that the weight of your bag is no more than 10 percent of your body weight.

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