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Women More Likely Than Men To Suffer Foot Problems Caused By Ill-Fitting Shoes

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You may think that feet are feet and men and women’s foot health should be much the same. However, there are actually many differences. Men are more likely to develop some foot problems, while women are more likely to develop others. For example, women are more likely than men to develop foot problems caused by ill-fitting shoes.

In a survey conducted by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, it was found that women were nine times more likely to develop foot problems due to ill-fitting shoes than men. The study also found that nine out of ten women wear shoes that are too small for their feet, eight out of ten women say their shoes are painful, and nine out of ten women’s foot deformities can be attributed to tight shoes.

A lot of these problems are caused by tight high-heeled or pointed-toed shoes specifically. Many high heels have a crowded toe box, which forces the toes into an awkward, cramped triangular shape. The cramped way your toes are forced into high-heeled pointed-toe shoes makes you distribute your weight differently, which puts more stress on some parts of the foot. An uneven distribution of weight not only causes discomfort, but also can lead to hammertoes, bunions and other deformities.

The higher the heel, the more pressure it puts of the ball of the foot and the forefoot. So, the higher the heel, the worse it is for your foot and the rest of your body. That’s right. High heels don’t only affect your foot health, they can affect your back, knees, calves and ankles as well.

As you can see and have probably felt, high heels can be very painful and their pain can continue on after you remove them from your feet. However, if you don’t want to give them up, there are ways to limit their affect on your feet.

Try to limit the amount of time you wear high heels and if you can, trade them out throughout the day with flats or laced shoes to give your feet a rest. When you go shoe shopping, look for walking pumps with wide, ample toe boxes and reinforced heels. There are walking pumps available that are fashionable as well as comfortable. Look for shoes with heels that are an inch or lower.

If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can call us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

Category: Preventative Care

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