When is comes to shoe fashion, men and women are very different. But did you also know that men and women have different foot shapes? Let me show you the differences between men and women’s feet as well as some potential problems that female patients may encounter.
Females typically have a more narrow heel (in relation to their forefoot) than their male counterparts. Females also have a more narrow and shorter achilles tendon than males. Lastly, females have a relatively wider forefoot than males.
The more narrow heel with a wider forefoot places more stress and pressure along the metatarsal heads and forefoot arches. That is why females are more likely to have:
- Higher rate of biomechanical problems
- Hammer Toes
- Pain in the metatarsal heads
The stress on the forefoot could potentially lead to a collapsed arch and hyperpronation. This could eventually cause knee problems and/or low back pain.
I recommend that female patients take time to choose proper footwear. I also recommend that female patients stretch their calves and achilles on a daily basis. Performing foot strengthening exercises barefoot will help reduce the amount of collapse in the arches. Lastly, I recommend that female patients get their feet adjusted regularly and massaged often. This will help ensure the stability and mobility of the female forefoot.
Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville, NC