Foot health

06 November 2007

Do women have more foot problems than men do?

On average, women have four times more foot problems than men do.

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On average, women have four times more foot problems than men do.

High heels are often the culprits – they push the body weight forward onto the front metatarsals, and often squash the toes together into a point, causing calluses and corns. When the body weight is pushed forward, it changes the way someone walks, which could have long-term detrimental effects.

Bunions can also be the result of ill-fitting shoes.

Men, on the whole, wear shoes that are more comfortable than women's high fashion shoes are, leading to a lower rate of foot problems.

South African Podiatry Association (SAPA)

 

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