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Friday, March 7, 2014
Shrinking at 21?
Hi, I`m 21 and female. Two years ago I had a size 8 shoe and was 5`2.5". My last doctors visit placed me at 5` even and I now wear a size 2-3 shoe. I only recently had a back injury, but I was told it dosen`t accout for the shrinking I`ve had. Should I be worried?
Measuring devices attached to a scales in a doctor's office are not highly accurate. I recommend using a stadiometer, a scale attached to the wall. Be sure you are always measured with your shoes off and standing straight against the wall.
Do you have curvature of the spine (scoliosis)? Have you had a vertebral compression fracture? These conditions can contribute to height loss.
Going from a size 8 to a size 2-3 shoe makes me wonder if the shoe company was using a different sizing system. Feet do not tend to shrink.
Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati