Experts Warn About Popular Winter Footwear That Is Linked To Knee Pain & Possible Surgery
The trendy sheepskin boots seen worldwide, Ugg boots are both fashionable for celebrities and women across society and famed for their comfort.
However, now an orthopedic surgeon claims Ugg-type footwear may be putting women at risk of serious knee problems that could even require surgery.
Orthopedic surgeon Ian McDermott says boots like Ugg can cause a “knock-kneed” stance and lead to premature wear and tear of the wearer’s knee joints because the boots allegedly offer insufficient foot support.
The lack of foot support is a trigger for a poor stance which affects the delicate set up of the knee, according to McDermott, who says that if left long enough can lead to cartilage damage.
McDermott is a consultant at the private London Bridge Hospital, and said, “If you have somebody who has severe cartilage damage at the front of their knee, and their patella is misaligned, you might have to realign the patella. My gripe is not specifically with Ugg boots – it’s with any soft boot that doesn’t give your foot proper support. It’s not a brand issue. I think that the worst boots are the cheap copycats.”
McDermott urged consumers to look for boots with correct arch support, saying “Although they can seem like the first choice for comfort this winter, opt for a sturdy pair of boots with correct arch support.”
The Daily Mail reported that an Ugg spokesman countered McDermott’s claims, saying its latest Ugg boots offered “added innovative enhancements” to improve comfort and stability.
The CDC estimates that by age 85, half of all individuals will develop a chronic knee condition. If you suffer from obesity, the problem is even worse – 2 out of 3 obese people will develop a knee condition. And while it may seem like the only way to battle the pain of a knee condition is to pop painkillers like candy, you might be surprised to learn that there are simple exercises you can do at home. Here’s one such exercise from yoga instructor Jill Miller.