Women’s Foot Health

Women’s feet are in fact quite different to men’s feet. Women’s feet tend to have a broader forefoot and a narrower heel. Their feet and ankles also tend to be more flexible.

Women are more likely to experience foot pain and are more susceptible to certain foot problems. This is largely due to the footwear choices of women that cramp the forefoot and pose risks to the arch and ankles.

Also increasing the risk of foot problems in women are hormonal changes, arthritic conditions, pregnancy, neurological disorders, and muscle imbalances.

  • Morton’s Neuroma: a thickening of nerve tissue in the ball of the foot resulting from compression and irritation of the nerve. Morton’s Neuroma is often caused such by wearing shoes with a tapered toe box or high-heeled shoes that cause the toes to be forced into the toe box.

  • Bunions: Beginning with a leaning of the big toe, bunions gradually change the angle of the bones, producing a characteristic bump. Although both men and women can get bunions, the shoes worn by women make this particular deformity progressively worse, leading to Arthritis in the foot.

  • Heel Pain/Arch Pain: Most often caused by plantar fasciitis, heel/arch pain although may also be due to other causes. Although faulty foot structure is the most common cause of heel pain/arch pain in women, it can also result from wearing non-supportive shoes, including thongs, high heels and ballet flats.

  • Achilles tendinitis: An acute inflammation of the Achilles tendon, Achilles tendinitis is a common cause of heel/arch pain. Women who wear high heels regularly can expect to shorten their Achilles tendon placing them at significant risk of tendinitis when switching to low heels for strenuous physical activity.

  • Hip pain: Commonly seen in women, hip pain can be directly related to poor foot mechanics and poor footwear. Monthly hormonal changes in woman, menopause and/or pregnancy can make women prone to gluteal muscles malfunction and increased stress and strain on the hip causing hip pain.