Common Foot Problems for Women
Some of the issues we see most frequently are listed below.
- Toe deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes, are much more common in women than in men—about ten times more common, in fact. Footwear certainly plays a role, but so does genetics. Bunions and hammertoes tend to run in families.
- Pain in the balls of the feet. High heels, which concentrate all of your weight on the front of your feet and toes, can be a major culprit. Ball of foot conditions include swollen nerve tissue (neuromas), irritation of the sesamoid bones, and others.
- Collapsed arches. For both men and women, arches tend to flatten and widen with age. However, women who are or have been pregnant are at increased risk. Not only do you carry more weight at this time, but hormonal changes cause joints to loosen as well.
- Heel pain conditions are extremely common among all ages and genders. Athletic overuse, unsupportive footwear, pregnancy, and being overweight can all play a role. The Heart of Texas Heel Pain Center, founded by the Waco Foot & Ankle team, is specially equipped to deal with issues related to women’s heel pain with state-of-the-art treatments and procedures.
- Skin conditions like blisters, corns, and calluses are often the result from walking all day in shoes that don’t fit. Women are also susceptible to dry skin and cracked heels. Finally, sunburn on the tops of feet can be a serious issue for those who love their sandals and flip flops in the summer sun.
One thing to keep in mind—the longer you put off seeing a podiatrist, the greater your risk that a simple problem will become a major one. So don’t keep ignoring your foot pain! Make an appointment with the women’s foot care specialists at Waco Foot & Ankle today! Request an appointment online, or call us at (254) 776-6995.