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High Heels Infographic: What Pumps Are Actually Doing To Your Feet (INFOGRAPHIC)

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We've all read the scary reports and medical studies that tell us how much our high heels are hurting us. (To which we usually respond: Thanks, doctors, our throbbing toes are well aware.)

Now we've got a trusty infographic to illustrate, in scary visual detail, just how are vertiginous shoes affect our posture, bones and muscles -- and it's not pretty. The Washington Post's recently published graphic highlights the pressure they put on your joints, the muscle strains they cause in your calves and the dreaded "pump bump" that develops near your ankle:


All in all, scary stuff. It's nothing any health-conscious fashionista hasn't heard before, but it makes us think: Maybe with the summer upon us, it's the perfect time to take a break with some sandals or cute flats.

Or, if you still can't live without your heels (ahem, these ladies), try foot exercises, stretching or a mineral bath soak to help your feet recover from those daily "heel hangovers."

Read more about the perils of heels (if you dare) at WashingtonPost.com.

These celebs should take note:

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