Ugh! Sur­geon says Ugg boots ruin your knees

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Stephen Adams HEALTH CORRESPONDENT

THEY are the fash­ion­able sheep­skin boots adored by celebri­ties such as Coleen Rooney and Myleene Klass.

But Ugg-type footwear may be putting women at risk of se­ri­ous knee prob­lems that could even re­quire surgery, ac­cord­ing to a lead­ing doc­tor.

Orthopaedic sur­geon Ian Mc­Der­mott said the boots could cause a ‘knock-kneed’ stance and lead to pre­ma­ture wear and tear of the joint be­cause they of­fer in­suf­fi­cient foot sup­port.

This trig­gers a poor stance, af­fect­ing the in­tri­cate set up of the knee – and if it is left long enough, can lead to car­ti­lage dam­age.

Mr Mc­Der­mott, a con­sul­tant at the pri­vate Lon­don Bridge Hos­pi­tal, 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.

‘Although they can seem like the first choice for com­fort this win­ter, opt for a sturdy pair of boots with cor­rect arch sup­port.’

An Ugg spokesman said its lat­est boots of­fered ‘added in­no­va­tive en­hance­ments’ to im­prove com­fort and sta­bil­ity.

STYLISH: Myleene Klass

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