An Aberdeen university has undertaken a review which calls for tougher laws on enforced high heel wear.
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have carried out a review examining research into the physical damage that wearing the shoes can cause, as well as the social and cultural aspects surrounding their wear.
The study, which was to be published today in the BMC Public Health journal, mentions a recent policy controversy on whether or not employers are legally allowed to require women to wear high heels at work.
Researchers found high heel wear increases the risk of developing musculoskeletal conditions.
University of Aberdeen lecturer Dr Heather Morgan said: “Of course we are not trying to tell anyone that they should or shouldn’t wear high heels but we hope this review will inform wearers to help them weigh up the health risks with social benefits, as well as putting pressure on lawmakers to toughen up legislation so that no one is forced against their will to wear them in the workplace.”