I've always been a fan of high heels: I like the way I feel when I'm wearing them, and I especially like being a taller version of myself. I don't do the kind of work that requires me to wear them all the time, nor have I ever spent more than an evening in serious heels (though I have walked miles in platforms), so I would be what podiatrists would call an occasional high-heel wearer. While I understand that heels aren't exactly great for my feet, I don't think they are a big deal either — and no, I don't think they are very hard to walk in at all. 

And while both men and women do all sorts of nutty things for style and sartorial reasons, I would never seriously hurt myself to follow a trend. To me, high heels don't fall into this category. 

But even so, this video comes as a bit of a shock. In 60 seconds, the PedCAT machine at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in North London takes a 360-view of patients' feet (see below). 

Look at how squished the toes are! And how much pressure (basically the body's entire weight) is smushed down on that spot where the toe bones begin. I feel like the image is burned into my brain forever, and now when I think of wearing heels, it seems much more unappealing. It's one of those things you just can't un-see. 

As orthopedic surgeon Andy Goldberg told the Daily Mail, "It shows the deformity caused by wearing high heels is much more complicated than we previously thought. With high heels, the toes are squashed inside the shoe. The more stiletto-shaped they are, the worse it is. The toes not only get squashed, but they become clawed too." Though he did add that temporary wear should be OK for feet. 

Does this video change your mind about wearing high heels? 

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See what high heels do to the bones in your feet (Video)
It's really quite shocking to see what happens to a woman's foot in stilettos.