Study Pinpoints Moment High Heels Will Cause You Pain

By Edith Yang
|  Thursday, Apr 24, 2014  |  Updated 8:46 AM CDT
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Study Pinpoints Moment Heels Will Cause You Pain

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How long can you wear shoes before feeling pain.

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It’s no secret that high heels are painful -- but you can lengthen the time you wear them by watching the clock.

A study by the Britain’s College of Podiatry found that it takes most women one hour, six minutes and 48 seconds of wearing uncomfortable shoes to feel pain, according to reports.

The survey of 2,000 women and men found that more than 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men said they prefer to wear ill-fitting shoes for fashion.

“Any shoes with a heel higher than two inches are a concern,” College of Podiatry consultant podiatrist Mike O'Neill told the U.K. Daily Mail. He advised that women wear platforms or wedges instead for the extra height.

That advice may fall on deaf ears for younger women, who are more likely to own a pair of six-inch heels. About 20 percent of women between the ages of 18 to 24 own at least a pair of the mentioned sky-high heels compared to only three percent of women between the ages of 35 to 44 who do.

For women who wear heels on their night out, about 28 percent admitted to walking back home barefooted at the end of their evening.

The study also reported that women own 17 pairs of shoes while men only own eight on average.

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