How does aging affect women's feet?

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Celeste Robb-Nicholson
Internal Medicine
Simply getting older puts women at risk for foot problems, which, as they advance, can impair mobility. With age, the fatty pads on the bottoms of your feet become thinner and less able to absorb shock. Your feet get longer and wider because of age-related stretching of ligaments and tendons. Wearing shoes with high heels and narrow toes is also a major contributor to pain and health issues. As a result, women have four times as many foot problems as men, and account for 90% of surgical procedures for common foot problems.

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