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Some women last over an hour, others can only stand 10 mins

A third of women have worn shoes that did not fit because they looked nice, the survey found.

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HALF OF WOMEN admit to putting up with uncomfortable shoes for the sake of fashion, while a third have walked home after a night out barefoot because their feet hurt so badly.

A study by the UK College of Podiatry has found it takes an average of one hour, six minutes and 48 seconds for a woman’s feet to start hurting in their heels, while one in five surveyed say they start to feel pain within just 10 minutes.

The survey of 1,000 women, 1,000 men and 60 UK registered podiatrists found that a third of women have worn shoes they knew did not fit them because they looked nice, with just 12 per cent of men reporting to have done the same.

The younger the woman, the higher the heel worn, with 20 per cent of women aged 18-24 owning a pair of six inch high heeled shoes compared to 10 per cent of those aged 25-42 and just three per cent of 35-44 year olds.

Lorraine Jones from The College of Podiatry said it’s “shocking how little regard we show for our feet.”

“Feet are one of the hardest working parts of the body and in a lifetime you will walk in excess of 150,000 miles,” she said. “High heels and flip flops are fine to wear occasionally but not all the time.”

Top 10 foot problems suffered by women:

  1. Blisters (55%)
  2. Cracked heels (45%)
  3. Veruccas (28%)
  4. Corns (24%)
  5. Ingrown toe nails (20%) and Athletes foot (20%)
  6. Bunions (13%)
  7. Joint problems (11%)
  8. Excessive foot odour (9%)
  9. Arthritis (8.8%)
  10. Muscular problems (8%)

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