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Foot Faults

New survey's a shoe-in for poorly heeled women

Women, do your shoes make your feet hurt? Don't just stand there, complain about it!

In an effort to determine how common foot pain is among women, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, along with the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, is conducting a survey through August 17. They want to know about women's foot problems, high heels and uncomfortable shoes.

To take the survey, go the academy's Web site, click on "Public and Media" and then click on "Shoe Survey."

The academy wants to know whether your feet hurt, how high your heels are, how many hours a day you wear uncomfortable shoes and whether you've recently changed your choice of shoe to alleviate foot problems. Foot experts say that more than 40 million Americans, or one out of every six people, have feet that hurt. Usually, the problem is shoes that don't fit properly. There are steps you can take to avoid problems. To find out more, you can visit the academy's Web site to read tips and guidelines for women, children, men, seniors, diabetics and athletes.

To find out more about foot problems, and how bad shoes can sometimes lead to a broken ankle, you can read this information from the American College of Ankle and Foot Surgeons. To find out why diabetics should take extra precautions with their feet, you can read this information from Podiatry World.

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