Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has shown that 123,355 high-heel-related injurires were treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. from 2002 to 2012, and the rate doubled during that 10-year span.
Not surprisingly, young women in their 20s were most likely to get these injuries, which were usually sprains and strains to the foot or ankle. What is surprising is that half of these injuries happened at home, not at work or out on the town. (So kick off those heels once you walk in the door—for your own safety.)
In the study, which is published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Injuries, researchers recommend you think about the risks to your safety before you strap on those six-inch stilettos. And if you absolutely must wear them, keep in mind how often you put them on and how long you’re standing around in them. A separate study recently found that wearing heels all day, every day can seriously weaken your ankle muscles, leaving you prone to injury.