Foot ailments – just an issue that affects women?
It is a fact that women are nine times more likely than men to suffer from foot ailments. Why is this so? There are two things that really stress the feet: shoes with high heels and shoes which are too small. Both unfortunately overwhelmingly effect women, who are particularly being prone to wearing shoes which are too small. Women tend to be more concerned than men with the appearance of the shoe and are therefore more prepared to make concessions when it comes to choosing footwear. It is also perhaps the case that women have a higher pain tolerance, and therefore are more likely to wear shoes which may be slightly uncomfortable or have an incorrect fit in comparison to their male counterparts. Another thing which adds to this are the anatomical differences between males and females – namely that the muscles, tendons, and even hormonal factors are more pronounced in women’s feet than men, meaning that misalignments will lead to chronic conditions more quickly. As a result, foot complaints are experienced more commonly by women than men. Men are catching up, when it comes to these issues, however: in our Sioux stores, we are experiencing an increasing number of requests for foot care advice from men.
The two main problems that we encounter in Western civilisation, obesity and doing too little exercise, affect both men and women equally. With this article, we hope to enlighten you on these issues and encourage you to take action to prevent them.
It is important to note that orthopaedic shoes which are specially developed to be comfortable for the feet are in no way inferior to their fashionable competitors. Here at Sioux, we strive to create footwear that is both comfortable and fashionable – the end result are shoes which feature a perfect fit, are made of wonderfully soft and supple leather and are easy on the eye thanks to their fashionable styles and modern materials and colours. The way that we see it, comfort and fashion do not have to be mutually exclusive – why not have both! In fact, it should go without saying a that fashionable shoe feels just as good on as it looks.