High heels may increase the risk of a woman suffering from serious medical conditions, which includes arthritis, muscle damage and trapped nerves, a study has suggested.

According to a study conducted by The College of Podiatry, women start feeling the pain after wearing the heels for just one hour and six minutes, on an average and a fifth of them feel the burn after walking for just 10 minutes.

The study also found that almost 50 percent of women have suffered from foot problems and a third has worn heels they knew did not fit simply because they looked good.

Researchers also found that about 90 percent have suffered from problems like blisters, cracked heels, verrucas, corns and ingrown nails.

The College of Podiatry’s Mike O'Neill said that the heels are the ultimate in power dressing and females often wear them to look more attractive to men.

However, he said, that higher the heel more their body is tilted forward and more they have to lean back, which may put the pelvis out of alignment and cause compression of the spine, a newspaper reported.

O'Neill explained that these shoes make women walk on the balls of their feet, which can cause aches and pains, and ultimately stress fractures, adding that they also cause increased wear and tear in the joints and soft tissue which can lead to arthritis.