Yes, sometimes a beautiful pair of shoes can be harder to resist than a piece of chocolate cake. However, a new study says you’ll pay later for the shoe choices you make today, and it won’t be pretty.
Researchers from Boston University School of Public Health and the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife assessed the footwear choices and foot pain and discomfort of more than 3,000 men and women. According to the study, 25% of participants reported generalized foot pain on most days, with 19% of men and 29% of women falling into this category. The study found an increased risk between hindfoot pain and shoewear, but only in women — because less than 2% of men wore poor shoes.
Researchers say more studies are needed, but they urge young women to make careful choices when it comes to shoes to avoid hindfoot pain later in life. Or, they suggest, at least perform stretching exercises to alleviate the effect of high heels on foot pain.