Women in the United States visit an orthopedic doctor over four times as much as men do with a large number of these visits being for problems associated with wearing high heel shoes. This is one of the best illustrations to show how the love of fashion or beauty can lead to health problems when taken to extremes. Nearly nine out of ten operations done to correct foot problems are for women who wore high heeled and narrow toed shoes on a repetitive basis.
Surgeons are commonly seeing deformities that resemble those that women in China exhibited from having their feet bound. The x-rays of these women didn’t show bone deformities but rather joint problems which is the same thing we are seeing in American women who are wearers of high heel and narrow toe shoes.