Probably one of the most common causes of foot problems, other than health issues, is the footgear we wear.
Unfortunately, most shoes, particularly women’s shoes, just are not the same shape as our feet. Men’s dress shoes are mostly as bad, overly narrow and pointy. Consequently, the pressure and friction created where the shoe meets the foot can cause blisters, calluses, corns, open wounds, and even deformities over time.
I recall an elderly male client who would absolutely not give up his painfully tight, beautifully crafted Italian buttery-soft leather loafers despite the chronic problems they created for him. And then there are cowboy (and cowgirl) boots…
A significant percentage of my female clients now in their 70s and 80s spent their working lives wearing high heels while walking and standing on cement floors. Bunions (a deformation of the great toe joint) and chronic pain are frequent consequences of long-term high-heel wearing.
Even so-called “good” shoes (meaning well-known and/or expensive brands) can create problems for the wearer however good the fit or feel appears to be. This is true for athletic shoes also.
Our feet, left and right, are seldom exactly the same size or shape. One foot is usually the one that tends to develop problems. At least shoes are now made for right and left feet. This was an American innovation back in colonial times I think. Before then, all shoes were identical, without a right or left.
Also, few of us are aware that our feet tend to spread as we age. Yes, gravity wins.
This means that our feet are not the same size for all of our adult life. Many women resist this fact, priding themselves on their small shoe size. It’s so curious that small feet are still prized by women in our time. 1000+ years of Chinese foot binding (and all its cultural implications) have had a long-lasting influence on the western world. And large feet are way better for balance, stability and strength, whether we are peasants or nobility.