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Duke Medicine: The case for sensible shoes

Posted July 11, 2011 8:30 p.m. EDT

A pair of stylish, high-heeled shoes can make some women feel glamorous and sexy, but those beautiful shoes can also cause an unsexy-looking and -sounding foot deformity: hammer toe.

High heels and pointed shoes force the toes down into the shoe or into a point. When toes don’t have enough room to lie flat, a hammer toe can develop, usually with a bunion.

Anyone with a family history of hammer toe is also more likely to develop the condition.

Find out more about treatment options and when you should seek medical attention in the full post on