Do Women Have More Foot Problems Than Men?

foot-surgery-los-angelesWomen’s feet are not just smaller versions of men’s feet, there are differences in foot structure, muscle strength, ligament laxity and more.

Do these differences mean more injuries for women’s feet? Keep reading!

(image by Kimberly Jaquez via Wikimedia.org)

A study by Wunderlich and Cavanagh found differences in women’s arch shape, size of the lateral side of the foot, big toe and ball of the foot. Women reportedly had a wider forefoot, shorter arch length, and shorter metatarsals compared to men.

Women and men also have differences in gait (walk), according to studies by Kerrigan and associates, and Sepic and associates.

Unfortunately for women, the more fashionable high-heeled shoes with narrow toe boxes cause increased pressure and toe crowding, which can cause bunions hammer toe and neuromas (nerve pain) in some cases.

Studies have shown that 88 percent of women wear shoes too small for their feet, and women are two to four times more likely to have bunions than men, probably because of foot structure and choice of shoes. Hammer toe is reportedly four to five times more common in women.

Poorly fitting shoes affect more than just feet. Shoes with a heel of 1.5 inch (or higher) can increase knee torque. Additionally, pain caused by an ill-fitting shoe can increase the risk of falling, which may lead to injury. This is particularly true in the elderly.

Numerous studies have studied footwear in elderly patients at the time of a fall and have shown that a high percentage of those who fell were wearing slippers. The flexibility of slippers and their lack of stability are linked to a higher numbers of tripping and falls.

While women cannot change the feet and ankles that they are born with, they can choose to not wear high-heels too often, and instead select shoes that provide support and comfort.

If they do find themselves needing surgery for bunions or hammer toes, Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi offers new surgery techniques that leave little (if any) scarring (outside or inside the foot), reduce swelling and a result in a faster recovery time than traditional types of surgery.

If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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