But if you really must wear heels. . .
Published 01/09/2011 | 05:00
•Don't wear more than three inches. Each extra centimetre of heel height increases the price of a shoe by around 20%, but the cost on your knees, joints and back could be much higher.
•Free your hooves every half hour. One new survey revealed that it takes just 34 minutes to go from 'wow' to 'ow' in skyscraper heels.
•Stash a pair of flats in your handbag for the walk to and from work or the pub. "It can make all the difference," says chiropractor Dr Attracta Farrell.
•Regular trips to the chiropractor (in flats, naturally) can help avoid serious problems like hammer toe, bunions and Morton's Neuroma down the line.
•Go barefoot at home and massage the soles of your feet and back of your legs regularly to help retrain the muscles and improve elasticity.
Try this Pampered Toes 'toe-stretcher' (€11.99 from www.JMLdirect.com) to relax little piggies that have been crammed into stilettos all day -- or just some cotton wool.