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Warning on 'ballet flats'

11th February 2011

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists has warned that the popular trend for wearing flat shoes with no heel or strap - so-called 'ballet flats' - could damage people's joints and increase their risk of arthritis.

It says the shoes offer very little support, which puts pressure on the joints in the legs and back, and is advising people with these shoes that they should only be worn for short periods of time. Experts advise people to choose shoes with a broad heel, measuring no more than 4cm in height.


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