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The 5 Most Common Women’s Foot Issues

As we end May and Women’s Health Month, we are taking this opportunity to emphasize the importance of foot health, in general, and among the ladies, in particular. Who doesn’t like trendy fashionable shoes? high heels? and slip-on flip-flops? However, did you know that extended exposure of your feet to these types of footwear can damage your feet?

It has been observed that women face foot problems more frequently than men. While some conditions may be genetic, many can be attributed to ill-fitted or uncomfortable footwear. Here are some of the most common foot issues encountered by women:

  1. Swelling: Standing on your feet for a large part of the day can result in swollen feet for both men and women. During pregnancy, the occurrence of swollen feet increases manyfold. The best remedy is to rest your feet, keep them elevated or use compression socks if the discomfort is too much.
  2. Bunions: While bunions may be hereditary, they can also be brought on by tight or ill-fitted shoes. Whenever you select a shoe, ensure it has ample toe space and is not too high that it pushes your toes to cramp up. High heels or shoes that cramp your toes increase the risk of bunions.
  3. Hammertoes: Tight shoes can also result in a permanent bend in your toes, known as hammertoes. Comfortable footwear and orthotic support can mitigate the effects of this condition.
  4. Blisters: Shoes that are too big or too tight can result in blisters. Friction between your shoes and your skin causes fluid buildup inside your skin, leading to blisters. The most commonly affected areas are the back of your feet (on top of your heels), the toe joints, and the ball of your toes. Well-fitted and padded shoes can prevent this issue.
  5. Nerve damage or neuroma: Pushing your feet inside tight or high-heeled shoes can damage the nerves that lead to your toes. As a result, you could experience burning pain. Padding or soft soles inside shoes can help reduce the pain.

Do not take it lightly if you are suffering from pain or discomfort in your feet. Your feet deserve proper and good-quality care. Visit your podiatrist and get your concerns addressed right away.

Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment with Cook County podiatrist Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

Dr. Alexopoulos will examine your feet and try to identify the root cause of your issue. Once that is clear, a treatment plan can be devised to resolve the issue. From orthotics, physical therapy, diet, or lifestyle changes to surgical procedures, he will lay out the options for you so that your feet return to their healthy state as quickly as possible.

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