Women are more vulnerable to certain foot problems than men, mainly from years of walking in narrow-fitting shoes that squeeze the toes and from high-heels that cramp the forefoot and pose risks for arch and ankle problems.
Over time, your feet become wider and longer and the natural padding under your heel and forefoot thins. Years of standing and walking flatten your arches and stiffen your feet and ankles. When you wear high heels — shoes with a heel 2 inches or higher — your foot slides forward in your shoe, redistributing your weight, creating unnatural pressure points and throwing your body’s natural alignment out of whack.
Sole Therapy bridges the gap between fashion and foot function. We want you to look and feel great. Here at Sole Therapy we make slim comfort driven orthoses that can fit into your slim or high-heeled shoes. With our expert advice we can help you put your body back into alignment without having to jeopardize fashion. We want you to look and feel great from the sole up
Foot and ankle problems commonly experienced amongst woman
Constant pressure on your toes and nail beds from being forced against the front of your shoe by a high heel can lead to nail fungus and ingrown toenails.
Tight fitting shoes may worsen bunions. They begin with a leaning of the big toe, gradually changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing the characteristic bump.
Faulty foot structure combined with poor and ill-fitting footwear is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis commonly misdiagnosed as a heel spur.
TIGHT HEEL CORDS AND CALF MUSCLES
Find wearing flat shoes uncomfortable? If you wear high heels all the time, you risk tightening and shortening your Achilles tendon.
PUMP BUMP (Haglund’s Deformity)
This is a bony enlargement on the back of your heel and can become aggravated by the rigid backs or straps of shoes.
A thickening of nerve tissue in the ball of the foot resulting from compression and irritation of the nerve between the 3rd and 4th toes, as a result from wearing tight fitting shoes.
Women are especially vulnerable due to poor footwear choices. This may lead to eversion and injury of the lateral ligaments.
BALL OF THE FOOT PAIN (Metatarsalgia)
High heels cause you to shift more weight to the ball of your foot, rather than distributing your weight over the entire foot. Flats may cause pain due to lack of cushioning.
Tiny cracks in one of the bones of your foot. Stress fractures may result from the pressure high heels place on your forefoot.