American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society women's shoe survey.
Shoes have been implicated as being responsible for the majority of foot deformities and problems that physicians encounter in women. A total of 356 women were studied in this investigation to evaluate trends in women's shoe wear and their effect on the development of foot deformities and pain. The majority of women in this study wore shoes that were too small for their feet, had foot pain and deformity, and had increased shoe size since the age of 20. Few women had their feet measured in over 5 years. The women without foot pain or deformities also wore shoes that were smaller than their feet but to a lesser degree.