Stilet­tos work on your last nerve

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

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.”

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