Stilettos work on your last nerve
If you didn’t already get the memo, high-heeled shoes are bad for you. The fashion essential is reportedly responsible for the number of cases of a painful foot condition called Morton’s neuroma more than doubling in the past 10 years.
UK daily The Independent reported that the condition affected four times as many woman as men, which was further evidence that stilettos were the culprit.
Morton’s neuroma, which affects the nerve running between the toes, has been likened to “walking on razor blades”. Sufferers are mainly women between the ages of 40 and 69. Doctors believe that years of wearing high-heeled or badly fitting shoes cause the problem, which pushes the bones of the feet against the nerve.
The Independent reported that research presented at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s audit symposium found that, over the past decade, the number of women in that age group hospitalised for the condition had risen 115%, and half of those needed surgery. Andrew Craig, an orthopaedic research fellow who presented the study’s findings, said: “We have known for a long time that the condition seems to predominantly affect [middle-aged] women, with speculation that high heels and other such tightly fitting and unnatural footwear may play a role.
“Increasing awareness of Morton’s neuroma can only be a good thing, not least because numbness in the foot could be a sign of other potentially life-altering conditions, such as diabetes.”