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Abstract

This experiment was conducted to find out if women have more foot problems than men. The experiment was done by conducting a survey on men and women and asking them about the type of foot problems that they have.

Hypothesis

Women will have more foot problems than men.

Scientific Terms

Heel pain, blistering, corns, in growing toe nails, Achilles tendon

Background

Foot problems

Shoes and other types of footwear are designed for the comfort as well as protection of our feet. However, poorly-fitting and badly designed shoes can cause pain, injury and other problems to the wearer. Some of the common types of foot-related problems include heel pain, blistering, corns and ingrown toenails.

Women tend to experience more foot-related problems due to the wearing of high-heeled shoes. Blistering is among the common problems that women experience when wearing these shoes. This may be caused by the rubbing of the shoe against the skin of the feet, or may be due to excessive pressure exerted on the toes by ill-fitting shoes. Prolonged usage of high-heels also can cause the Achilles tendon to shrink, making it difficult for the wearer to return to wearing flat shoes.

Care must be taken in choosing the right type and size of shoes to wear. The size of our feet will normally change as we grow older, so feet should be measured before selecting shoes. Usually, the size of one foot will be larger than the other; always choose the shoe size into which the larger foot can fit comfortably. 
 

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Complexity level:
4
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
1 day for preparation, 4 days for observation
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None