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Achilles & Heels

Abstract

We’ve all heard the “Achilles Heel” saying. Ironically, for many women their Achilles heel is in fact heels! High heels, that is. In an effort to look more attractive and in some cases to match the height of their taller counterparts, the wearing of high heels is the norm for complementing corporate attire at the office, on a night out and even for certain dance disciplines. The wearing of heels alone, is perhaps no cause for concern if done so casually. The danger begins when they are worn habitually over long periods of time. This research paper aims to explore the effects of wearing high heels habitually has on the body, biomechanics and musculature with emphasis on the lower leg and in particular the calves and Achilles.

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