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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.

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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