Expatriate overseas health insurance customers may wish to ensure they do not wear high heels all the time to avoid suffering foot problems.
Lorraine Jones, from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, said these shoes are "fine in moderation" and can be used for short periods in the day.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons noted one of the most common preventable causes of deformed toes and other related medical issues is the sufferer's choice of footwear, especially ill-fitting shoes.
Individuals affected can have difficulty walking as their toes are bent, misaligned or curled, making footsteps painful.
Ms Jones argued this can be combated by wearing shoes with wide toes and supportive straps for day-to-day purposes, as these are held in place on the foot.
There should be "enough width and depth to accommodate your foot" in the shoe, she added.
Heels should have a height of around three centimetres and people ought to choose "the right shoe for the job", Ms Jones declared.
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