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Almost half of women have suffered foot problems after wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes, but 43 per cent will suffer in the name of fashion, The College of Podiatry found.
A third also admitted that they had worn heels they knew did not fit, simply because they “looked nice” and could not find a pair in their size.
Consultant podiatrist Mike O’Neill, from the College of Podiatry, warned that such behaviour can cause long term damage including arthritis, stress fractures, and trapped nerves, which may even require surgery or steroid injections.
On average, high heels start to hurt after 1 hour, 6 minutes and 48 seconds, but a fifth 20 per cent started to feel the pinch within just 10 minutes.
One in four, 28 per cent, have resorted to dancing bare foot in a nightclub or bar when they could not put up with the pain any longer.
And a third have been forced to remove their shoes and walk home barefoot because they could not bear the pain any longer.
This is despite the fact that women typically own 17 pairs, more than double the eight pairs owned by the average man
Only 12 per cent of men have put up with stylish but uncomfortable shoes, the study of 2,000 British adults found.
That may explain why the fairer sex are likely to have more issues with their feet, and are twice as likely to suffer from corns, cracked heels and bunions.
Nine in ten women 90 per cent have experienced problems and 20 per cent say they are “embarrassed” by their feet while 12 per cent are so ashamed they cover them constantly.
Despite these problems,
19 per cent of women have refused to seek help because they believed their foot complaint was not important.
And it appears younger women are more likely to be doing themselves harm as the younger the woman, the higher their heel. 20 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 own a pair of six inch heels.
This compares with 10 per cent of those aged 25 to 34 and just 3 per cent of 35 44 year olds.
Podiatrists report the biggest cause of foot problems in the UK is footwear, with a lack of public awareness a contributing factor.
Mr O’Neill said: “There’s absolutely no doubt women who wear high heels are putting themselves at risk of permanent injury in the name of fashion.
“Given a choice between a stylish pair of shoes or nice feet, many will go for the stylish shoes.
“Killer heels are the ultimate in power dressing, and women often wear them in a bid to look more attractive to men.
“However, the higher the heel, the more they tilt your body forward and the more you have to lean back to compensate.
“This can put your pelvis out of alignment and cause compression of the spine.
“High heels ram your foot forward, which squishes your toes together and can cause ingrown toe nails, rough areas of skin, blemishes, and calluses.
“And because your toes are squashed, the moisture gets trapped, causing soggy toes, which is a breeding ground for athlete’s foot.”
Walking on the balls of your feet causes aches and pains, stress fractures, trapped nerves and increased wear and tear on the joints and soft tissue, which can lead to arthritis.
Women may not notice the pains until later in life, and may have difficulty reverting back to flat shoes as wearing high heels shortens the achilles tendon, Mr O said.