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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.

https://news.sky.com/story/popular-pointy-toed-shoes-led-to-increase-in-bunions-in-medieval-times-12329873

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57427365

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/11/medieval-fashion-for-pointy-shoes-linked-to-rise-in-bunions

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