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Fashion-conscious medieval men paid the price for their love of pointy-toed shoes with a sharp increase in bunions, archaeologists have said.

Shoe styles changed significantly in the 14th Century from functional, round-toed shapes to elongated ones.

About 27% of 14th and 15th Century skeletons found in Cambridge digs had the minor but uncomfortable deformity.

It was mostly found in the over 45s, suggesting youthful fashion choices caused problems in middle age.

Archaeologist Dr Jenna Dittmar said: “We think of bunions as being a modern problem, but this work shows it was actually one of the more common

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