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90% OF WOMEN WEARING HEELS REPORT FOOT PAIN WITHIN AN HOUR

"Almost 90 per cent of women indicate that they're getting pain within an hour of wearing high heels," says Rob Mair of the Australian Podiatry Association. Corns, calluses, and ingrown nails, the most common conditions treated by Australian podiatrists last year, are just the pointy end of this stiletto-shaped problem.

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Podiatrist Rob Mair

"We're seeing atrophy in the fat pad on the ball of the foot, and nerve damage," says Mair, who sees around 6,000 patients a year. He says a 20-centimeter heel is the highest he has seen. And although the line of the leg may look longer and sexier in a stiletto, they cause the back to arch and the chest to jut forward, affecting posture and leading to lower back pain. "They've been around for a long, long time and fashion will win, but high heels do impact multiple levels of structures in the body," Mair says. "There's a correlation between back pain, neck pain, and knee pain."  

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

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