With boot and shoe heels this autumn at their highest for some years, an online survey shows that a large percentage of women see a stylish look as being far more important than healthy feet.

The survey, which was carried out by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, found that 59 per cent of women wear shoes which they find uncomfortable or painful for at least a part of each day, for fashion or career reasons.

Shoes which don't fit properly can result in stress fractures, hammertoes, bunions, ingrown toenails and neuromas. Common causes, foot doctors say, can include wearing the wrong size of shoe, overly high heels and pointed toes.

To view related research reports, please follow the links below:-

Footwear (Key Note Report)

The 2000-2005 World Outlook for Women's Footwear