Nearly half of women have taken a spill because of bunion-inducing heels

High heels put the foot in an unstable position, as evidenced by a new study. 

Nearly half of women have taken a spill because of bunion-inducing heels According to a report in the UK news source The Guardian, nearly half of women – 40 percent, to be exact – report having experienced a fall or other accident as a result of wearing high heels. 

The statistic came from a survey conducted by shoe company MBT. The article specified that heels taller than three inches have the potential to put undue pressure on the ball of the foot, which affects several parts of the lower extremities.

However, the news source offered some advice to women who can't part with their pumps or stilettos.

"Limit the time you wear them to no more than five hours. When you walk in heels, glide rather than stomp and put the heel down before the ball of your foot," according to The Guardian.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons reports that wearing high heels on a regular basis can exacerbate bunions or hammer toe. Luckily, bunion splints or orthotics can help correct the bony deformities without the need for bunion surgery.

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