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With fashion and trends having a huge impact on our day-to-day lives, most of o us want to try out high heels. However, a study warns us otherwise. It claims that women who wear high heels are at a risk of suffering from Moton's neuroma, a condition which is often describes as walking on razor blades. According to the researchers, the number of people suffering from this disease have doubled in Britain, and researchers believe that high heels could be responsible for this rise in the number. Read: Why do women wear high heels?
Four times as many women as men in UK were admitted to hospital with the condition last year, with the largest group of sufferers being women aged between 40 and 69. In 2004-05, 1,179 women between 40 and 69 were admitted to hospital for treatment of the condition. In 2014-15, the total was 2,532, an increase of 115 per cent.
What is Morton's neuroma?
Morton's neuroma affects the nerve that runs between the toes. Fibrous tissue develops around the nerve and it becomes compressed, causing pain between the toes that has been described by some as 'walking on razor blades'.
It can be brought on by years of wearing high-heeled or ill-fitting shoes that push the toe bones against the nerve. High-heeled shoes over 5cm are considered particularly problematic, 'The Times' reported. Read: Prolonged use of high-heels could damage your ankle
Andrew Craig, orthopaedic research fellow at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recently presented research into treatment for the condition to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's audit symposium. Craig looked into how well treatments for the condition worked, including using insoles and steroid injections. He found that 55 per cent of patients required surgery.
This involves decompressing the nerve by cutting between the affected toes. It can involve completely removing the nerve, leaving the patient without feeling in that area. 'We have known for a long time that the condition seems to predominantly affect females of a middling age, with speculation that high heels and other such tightly fitting and unnatural footwear - despite looking fabulous, I'm sure - may play a role,' Craig said.
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