Stylish: But towering stilettoes could put women at risk of arthritis in later life, say experts
They are the height of fashion and considered essential  wardrobe items by millions of women.
But towering heels could bring an increased risk of arthritis in later life, warn experts.
High shoes can alter posture and increase pressure on the foot, ankle and knee joints, raising the threat of osteoarthritis, the most common form of the condition.
It causes pain and stiffness in the joints and affects at least eight million Britons.
The problem is more common and severe in women, said the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
Its survey of 2,000 people out today found a quarter of women wore high heels every day or ‘frequently’.
Professor Anthony Redmond, a podiatrist and researcher at the society, advised women to opt for round-toed shoes with a maximum heel of 1in or 2-3cm and shock-absorbent soles.
The society warned that the UK could be hit by an ‘arthritis crisis’ caused by high heels and badly fitting footwear, especially trainers.
The number of cases was rising, with six out of ten sufferers having the condition in their feet.
Increasing levels of obesity and longer lifespans were other factors.
The poll also found that three-quarters of men and women did not wear trainers designed for the sport they were doing.
Prof Redmond said fitted trainers will help protect participants as, during sport, forces through the joints can exceed eight times their body weight.
He also urged anyone feeling pain in their feet or ankles to seek help as early treatment was vital.

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