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By Amina Abdul Salam

Many women prefer wearing flat shoes to avoid pains in the feet or back, but recent studies have shown that although there is a widespread wearing of this kind of shoe among women, most of them have back pains.

Dr Ali Mahmoud, Orthopaedic Consultant, says that this type of shoe puts a pressure on the spine and cartilages, causing severe pain. Many studies have given high heels such a bad reputation that many people think that flat shoes are always a better alternative.

However, a good pair of heels with healthy supports can serve the woman far better than a poorly made pair of flats. Dr Mahmoud recommended that the best solution in this domain is to wear medium-heeled shoes, with the height of the heel being three to five cm. He said that flat shoes without an arch support can cause lower back and ankle pain.