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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 28, 2018
Category: Women's footcare
Tags: Morton's Neuroma   fractures   heel   bunion  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we couldn’t let March end without recognizing Women’s History Month and taking a moment to be grateful to all the amazing and gifted women who have contributed to this great nation. In honor of all our female patients, we thought it was fitting to spend some time talking about foot problems that particularly affect women and how to prevent them.

Plantar Fasciitis—as is so often the case, the choice of footwear can greatly impact your podiatric health. Women who frequently wear ballet slippers, flip flops or other shoes with little or no arch support put excess stress on the plantar fascia—a long band of tissue that stretches along the bottom of the foot from heel to toe. When this occurs the result is pain, sometimes severe, in the heel and arch of the foot.

Bunions--although the primary cause of a bunion is a biomechanical defect (often inherited), shoe choice here again can affect the severity and progression of this disorder. In this case, it’s high heels and shoes with narrow, pointed fronts that are the culprits. These shoes squeeze the toes together and can help force the big toe to shift towards the second toe in patients with the structural abnormality.

Osteoporosis—it’s estimated that 1 out 2 women over the age of 50 will be affected by this disease that causes bones to lose mass and become more vulnerable to fractures. Your feet are often the first place to manifest these fractures. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, has seen many cases where a woman experiencing pain in the forefoot is diagnosed with a stress fracture, the source of which turns out to osteoporosis. Getting enough calcium and doing regular weight-bearing exercise are two ways to help prevent low bone mass.

Morton’s Neuroma—pain, tingling, burning or just an uncomfortable sensation in the ball of the foot are all symptoms of this disorder. It occurs when a nerve at the base of the toes becomes aggravated and inflamed. Why is this particularly an issue for women? Many professional women who wear heels to work and then enjoy running as a sport are delivering a one-two punch to the ball of the foot. Heels push your foot forward, putting pressure on the ball and the repetitive pounding of the same area on the foot from running can easily lead to inflammation and pain.

If you are experiencing symptoms of any of the above problems or have other unexplained foot pain, contact The Foot & Ankle Center, PC at our Pooler, GA office today at (912) 330 - 8885.










 

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