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Heels v flats: Two women attempt to solve the great footwear dilemma by swapping shoes for the dayLATEST research shows that while wearing heels for long periods will hurt, they can help prevent knee problems in later life.10:09, 17 JUN 2013Knoxy and Sarah enjoy trying out different shoes (Image: Daily Record)

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MANY of us will slip on a pair of high heels for a night out, even if we think they’re going to end up hurting our feet.

But some girls manage to survive wearing heels all day.

Celebs including Kelly Brook, who is never seen without a sky high pair of heels, are regularly snapped tottering around during the day.

A survey by the College of Podiatry found that most women say their feet start to hurt after an hour and six minutes of wearing high heels. And 20 per cent felt pain in just 10 minutes.

But a new study has revealed stilettos may actually be kinder to your knees than flats.

Researchers at Warwick University and Oxford Brookes University found wearing a high heel may make women less likely to develop arthritic changes in the knee joint in later life.

But whether you’re a fan of heels or flats, it can be difficult to switch as we found out when we asked two women to try alternative footwear for a day.

Sarah Whiteford: Flats to heels

(Image: Daily Record)

Sarah, from Glasgow, owns Primo Podiatry and runs clinics at the Blythswood Square Hotel Spa in the city. She knows only too well the problems that can be caused by high heels so she usually sticks to comfortable flats.

But Sarah,
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30, agreed to wear 5in heels for our trial.

Sarah said: “A trapped nerve in your foot is commonly brought on by wearing high heels or pointy shoes because they squeeze the ball of the foot together.

“Then there are other things, like corns on the toes, hard skin, burning on the soles of the feet and bunions.

“I wear high heels occasionally for a wedding or a night out, the same as everyone else but I’d never wear them during the day to work.

“So it was very odd getting up in the morning and putting on high heels and teetering around the flat.

“As I live on the top floor, I had four flights of stairs to go down. It was pouring with rain and I was trying not to slip and break my ankle just walking to my car. By the time I got there, my feet were hurting.

“Within about 45 minutes of wearing heels I had numbness around my toes and was trying to lift my heel at the back of the shoe to relieve the pain.

“Wearing heels made me so much slower. I can get twice as many things done running around in my flats.

“When I walked into work at the Blythswood Square Spa, the girls at reception definitely did a double take, mainly because I’d become so tall with heels. I’m 5ft 8in and with heels on, I felt like a giant.

“I found wearing heels difficult. As I tried to walk up the stairs at the entrance to the hotel I fell forward and had to grab the rail. Going downstairs was worse.
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