The first time you laid eyes on your newest favourite pair of high heels, we’re positive the first thought that came to mind was “Slay!!”. We get it: black leather sling-backs conservative enough for the office but with just enough spice to represent your true fashionista spirit is a must-buy and a must-wear. And what better way to break them in than your daily morning trek from City Gate to the office? If you’re a true lover of stylish shoes, the best way to find out what’s currently trending is to participate in the early morning runway show happening daily on Frederick Street, Port of Spain. But there’s a hidden danger lurking in the shadows: while you’re breaking in those shoes, you’re breaking down your knees.

Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound in the body, sort of a building block of cartilage. It is the major cushioning ingredient of joint fluids and surrounding tissues and it helps form the molecule that the body uses to naturally repair joint and tissue damage. Chondroitin, also produced in the body, acts like a liquid “magnet”, attracting fluid around the cartilage, while sweeping nutrients into the cartilage [source]. Walking for long periods [and long distances!] on the balls of the feet causes aches and pains, stress fractures, trapped nerves and increased wear and tear on the joints and soft tissue [source]. Due to a variety of factors, including age, weight gain, and sustained shock absorption from hard surfaces [like the concrete pavements on our city streets], the body produces less glucosamine and chondroitin and the effectiveness of joint self-repair declines. Even more devastatingly for fashion lovers everywhere, long term high heel use poses a risk of developing osteoarthritis and chronic back pain [source].

So does this mean a total style makeover? Not at all! With proper care your morning fashion routine can continue for as long as you like! Jamieson Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements help slow the development of mild to moderate osteoarthritis. By protecting and strengthening cartilage, glucosamine helps cushion and lubricate the joints. It also plays a role in preventing further joint damage, reduces inflammation and supports pain-free movement.

Thanks to Jamieson, fashionistas can have high heel shoes and foot health too!


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