‘Walking’ we all take it for granted as a ‘simple - no big deal’. 

However, it’s a complex process, it involves your body from head to toes, including several parts of your brain.

Foot problems are very common among women and studies have shown:·                                   

  • They have about four times as many foot problems as men   
  • 1 in 3 women over the age of 65 has foot aches & pain or foot complications & minor to severe deformities. 

What triggers the most common foot problems?

  • Standing and walking barefoot on hard surfaces in the house for many hours
  • Overweight
  • Limited challenging physical exercises to maintain muscular strength
  • Ageing 
  • Ill fitting footwear (flats, high heels,tight fitting), that cramp the forefoot and pose risks for arch and ankle problems
  • Other medical problems including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis diabetes, heart disease, in other parts of their body can also lead to foot pain

What are the most common foot problems in women? 

Bunion

  • It’s a deformity of the ball of the foot, affecting 1st metatarsal and  the great (big) toe
  • Tight shoes (those that compress the toes) typically rub against this bony protuberance causing other issues such as calluses and skin irritation
  • Bunions are often a hereditary trait commonly seen among family members

Morton’s Neuroma                               

  • Refers to the tissues around the nerve lead to a toe thickens from irritation or compression
  • Commonly affecting the forefoot, between the 3rd and 4th or 2nd & 3rd toes 
  • Common symptoms include tingling, burning, and numbness of toes
  • Tight or tapered toe-box, high heel footwear are the culprit to cause morton’s neuromas.

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur)

  • Hurts most in the morning when stepping on feet
  • Is treated by plantar foot stretches
  • Faulty foot structure is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, in women, it may result from wearing non supportive shoes, such as flip-flops and ballet flats.  

Ankle Sprain  

While anyone can sprain an ankle, women are especially vulnerable to this injury when wearing high-heeled shoes (especially on slippery surfaces), platform-soled shoes or other improper footwear. 

Many times foot specialists recommend surgery on your shoes instead of your feet! Your two feet are very critical to your body’s health and ability to walk and run. Delayed treatment of many of foot pain can lead to complications, chronic long-term pain, disability, and arthritis of the affected foot.

The solution, says experts, isn’t to stop being active, but to be more proactive about foot pain when it occurs.