Women’s Foot Care
While most foot and ankle conditions can and do strike men and women alike, several conditions tend to affect women much more frequently.
Sometimes the reasons are cultural and environmental—like a greater propensity to wear unsupportive footwear like high heels and flip flops. Other times, the deeper causes may be related to the way women’s feet tend to be structured, or even due to the physical changes brought about by pregnancy.
Whatever may be causing your foot or ankle problem, we want to help you solve it! Family Foot Care & Surgery provides compassionate, comprehensive treatments and preventative care for women of all ages and activity levels.
Common Foot Problems Experienced by Women
Again, while none of these problems are exclusive to women, women still constitute the vast majority of patients who experience them. They include:
- Bunions. About 90% of bunion sufferers are female. Wearing tight or pointed footwear seems to play a role, along with the fact that women tend to have weaker connective tissues supporting the big toe joint. Genetics are also a factor, as bunions tend to run in families.
- Hammertoes. These are common in women for largely the same reason that bunions are, and we see a similar gender spread—about 90-10 in favor of female patients.
- Ball of foot pain. Shoes that pinch your toes or shift all of your weight onto the front portion of your feet can easily lead to pain in the balls of your feet. There are many different conditions that can cause this symptom, including swollen nerve tissue (neuromas), irritation of the sesamoid bones, or stress fractures.
- Skin and nail conditions. Women are especially susceptible to certain skin and nail conditions that can result from friction and pressure on areas of the feet, such as blisters, corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails.
- Flat feet. Although a lifetime of wear and tear can flatten arches for anyone, women who have been pregnant are at higher risk. During pregnancy, your body releases hormones that loosen and relax joints, which can contribute to permanent flattening in the arches.