Pumps may cause more than bunions

Study indicates foot problems linked to high heels

High-heeled pumps lead to bunionsWearing shoes to add stature - such as pumps, high heels and stilettos - has been known to cause a host of foot problems, and researchers at the Institute for Aging Research in Boston have identified two more.

In a study, the team of scientists found that wearing high-heeled shoes may lead to heel and ankle pain due to a lack of support and shock absorption. Previous research has suggested that wearing this kind of footwear may also lead to bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches.

The researchers found that 64 percent of women with heel or ankle problems reported having worn high heels and pumps during their lifetime.

Authors of the study advise women to choose shoes based on comfort and fit rather than fashion and whether they give the illusion of long legs.

"Young women should make careful choices regarding their shoe types in order to potentially avoid hind-foot pain later in life," said lead author Alyssa B. Dufour.

Avoid bunions, wear a bunion splint

To avoid unsightly conditions like bunions or hammer toe, ladies may want to consider bunion splints or orthotics, which have been known to prevent or treat the problems without the need for painful bunion surgery.

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