Fashionable shoes are worth foot problems

Most women willing to endure foot pain for style

In a survey conducted by ShopSmart magazine, 60 percent of women said that fashionable shoes are worth the foot pain and other complications they may cause - such as bunions or hammer toe.

Additionally, nearly half of the ladies surveyed said they have endured an injury - from blisters to fallen arches - as a result of wearing high heels or uncomfortable shoes, and 35 percent said their footwear choices have ruined an evening out because of the pain they caused.

More than 1,000 women over the age of 18 were interviewed for the survey.

The research also revealed that nearly one-fourth of women have fallen because of their shoes.

Despite high instances of injury and pain, only eight percent said they wear shoes with heels higher than two and a half inches on a regular basis. About 40 percent of the respondents said they prefer flats for daily wear.

While blisters and bruises caused by footwear are quick to heal, conditions like bunions and hammer toe may only get worse when an individual continues to wear high heels and does not take corrective measures.

Bunion splints relieve foot pain

Devices such as bunion splints or orthotics may be effective in preventing or treating bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful, expensive bunion surgery


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