Thursday, January 21, 2010

Getting Feminine Feet Ready for Spring

With spring around the corner, it’s natural to start thinking about bare skin, sun dresses, and painted toes in sandals. It’s also normal to feel a little anxiety after a long winter of dry skin and pedicure-free feet. Now is the time to start preparing to look your best during the warmer months. There is something that is easy to fix now, even if you are still wearing moonboots and shoveling the snow off your car. It’s a small change, but it can have a significant impact on your health, preventing painful and unattractive foot conditions today and for years to come, including unsightly bunions, calluses and hammer toes.

The female foot, like so many other things, is fundamentally different in structure and biomechanics from the male foot. It’s not only smaller than a man’s foot, but also different in shape. It is much narrower, especially in the heel, distributing the weight differently and creating different biomechanical forces. Likewise the female gait is different than that of a male. Women walk a bit more loosely than men because of less muscle mass, looser joints (especially after childbirth), and a different waist to hip ratio. For these reasons, hammertoes, bunions, callus formation, interdigital neuromas, and metatarsalgia are all more common in women than in men. Since foot imbalances and subsequent problems depend on gender and genetics, it is important that women seek out custom orthotic solutions specific to their needs.

Many foot specialists recommend that women seek out flexible yet supportive custom orthotics. A properly fitted orthotic will help prevent or reduce foot problems. It may also provide back or joint pain relief and the reduction of joint friction and long-term damage. Ideally, the orthotics should support the longitudinal and anterior transverse arches of the foot, provide adequate padding and support, and reduce excessive heel movement. In addition to a custom insole, experts recommend ensuring that you are wearing properly fitted shoes. High heels increase the likelihood of improper weight distribution and excessive pressure in localized areas of the foot. You may need different insoles for different heel heights to ensure your feet are protected and look their best when you slip on those sandals when the sun comes back out. Many women with diabetes experience an increased likelihood of these foot issues. The good news is, diabetic shoes not only help to reduce foot ailments, but they also come in a wide variety of attractive styles including trendy sandals and Mary Janes.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a wholesale medical supplier specializing in diabetic shoes, as well as braces and supports such as knee braces and back braces. To find high-quality diabetic shoes and braces, please visit

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