Did you know that women’s feet tend to hurt more than men’s? Read on to learn why.
You may not realize that women frequently experience more foot problems than men do. Many feel severe pain and other problems after wearing high heels over an extended period of time, but actually biology can also wreak havoc on women’s feet.
Women tend to value fashion and cram their toes into all kinds of pointy and uncomfortable shoes. Other reasons for foot pain can also include pregnancy and hormonal (especially estrogen) fluctuations over time.
At The Podiatry Center located in Bethesda, MD and Springfield, VA, we empathize with the aches and foot pains that women experience.
Below, you’ll read about women’s feet problems that we frequently encounter and successfully treat, such as:
Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis
Women sometimes neglect the kind of arch support that they need when they wear high heels, flip-flops, fancy boots, clogs, and other types of shoes. This tends to put extra stress on the Achilles tendon, causing painful plantar fasciitis. This stress turns into terrible foot pain over time. Please don’t ignore the beginning signs of pain, even though you feel “used” to that stress feeling in your feet. Your problems will only worsen and get harder to treat.
Bunions and Other Nasty Bumps
Bunions form as bumps on the side of the big toe. They can cause joint pain and decreased mobility. Mechanical instabilities and genetics can both claim responsibility. Women’s bunions tend to cause more significant issues than men’s. Wearing narrow shoes frequently aggravates the bunion’s discomfort. Thankfully, we’re here to help.
Hammertoes in Women
Ladies get hammertoes for many diverse reasons. You can blame genetics, irregular foot alignment and nerve disease, among other things. We understand that wide-toed shoes don’t make much of a fashion statement, and sometimes they’re difficult to find. However, please don’t squeeze your feet into narrow-toed shoes. It may result in squared off and curled toes that cause increasing and lasting pain. Come in to see us if you already have hammertoes, and we can begin to set things right and get you back to normal.
Frequently caused by ill-fitting shoes, we refer to inflammation of the nerve in the ball of the foot as Morton’s neuroma. Again, narrow-toed shoes squeeze the foot, causing irritation to the nerves over time. This can result in increased inflammation, tingling, burning or pain in the toes. If you feel any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to call us to learn the best treatment for your foot pain.
Your Feet During and After Pregnancy
Pregnancy changes a woman’s body in numerous ways, please don’t ignore your feet during this time of your life. You already have enough to deal with without complicating your life with unnecessary foot pain. If you are, or have been pregnant, you probably remember getting swelling in your legs and feet. Perhaps your shoes even went up a size. New moms frequently ignore this and continue to wear shoes that tighten and stress their feet. Also, you may be unable to trim your toenails over the baby bump! Once you have had your baby, you may experience the excruciating pain of ingrown toenails because of ill-fitting shoes. Pregnancy foot issues also commonly include painful plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Remember, we can take accurate measurements of your feet and let you know what shoe size to purchase. If you experience pain in the feet during pregnancy, let us help you before your baby arrives!
Stress Fractures In Your Foot
On-the-go women who wear shoes with no shock absorption will soon find their bones taking a beating. Many sandals, high heels and ballet type slippers don’t provide enough protection between your foot and the hard floor. Over time, the constant pounding can result in stress fractures. Additionally, women’s low bone mass puts them at increased risk. Loss of estrogen during and after menopause only heightens the risk, as well as the typical stressors women athletes experience. If you suspect a stress fracture, please don’t ignore it!
The Podiatry Center Can Help You Look Good …and Feel Even Better!
We take a comprehensive approach to women’s feet and are here to help you with solutions, whether you’re an expecting mom, mature woman, female athlete, or professional with a dress code.
We are committed to earning the trust of our patients, profession and community. If you would like to know more, Podiatrist Dr. Paul Ross can start helping you in a few ways: