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Popular pointy-toed shoes led to increase in bunions in medieval times

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A craze for pointy-toed shoes led to a sharp increase in bunions for people centuries ago, according to a study of skeletons.

Researchers from Cambridge University examined 177 skeletons from four cemeteries in and around the city.

Among those buried between the 11th and 13th centuries, some 6% showed evidence of bunions but among those buried in the 14th and 15th centuries, this rose to 27%.

The rise was about the same time as poulaines - pointy-toed shoes - were increasingly popular.




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