Women paying heavy health price to look stylish in stilettos
Stilettos are the ultimate party shoe for thousands of fashionistas but these towering high heels could come at a dangerous price.
Orthopedic surgeons have reported a spike in young women seeking treatment due to strutting around in stilettos - putting massive pressure on the ball of the foot, News.com.au reported.
Sydney surgeon Dr Haydar Ozcan said 60 to 70 percent of his patients were women, and up to 40 percent of them were aged 18 to 30.
Hammertoes and bunions were among the most common complaints.
"They are unsightly (and) they often cause pain," Dr Ozcan said.
A survey by blister-patch brand Compeed found 58 percent of women admitted to taking their shoes off during a night out because of the pain.
But don't ditch heels altogether. Dr Ozcan said a heel height of 5cm to 7cm might be better than flats.
"I've found that people wearing flats tend to get more problems on front of the foot," he said.