Women’s foot health isn’t a topic that gets a lot of attention, but it should, especially with more and more women entering the workforce and having to be on their feet for long periods. Women’s feet have specific health issues. Check out the following tips and information to ensure your feet get the very best attention they need.
High heels refer to any shoe with a heel two inches or more in height. These types of shoes have always been popular. They can be stylish and help one look taller but are also associated with several foot problems:
- Increased knee pain.
- Back problems.
- Shortened calf muscles.
- Awkward and unnatural gait.
WHAT TO DO
Make sure the heel is not too high. Over two inches can put an excess of strain on the foot. You can alternate the days you wear high heels with days you wear regular dress shoes. Try to minimize the amount of time you wear high heels to three hours or less. Never wear high heels if you’re doing a lot of walking. If you do wear high heels, make sure the heel is wide.
The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society estimates that women are 9 times more likely than men to develop foot problems due to ill-fitting shoes. Furthermore, 90% of women admit they wear shoes that are too small of a size. The result is that 90% of women experience foot deformity because of not wearing properly fitted shoes.
WHAT TO DO
Women ought to choose shoes that have proper cushioning and support. It’s best to choose shoes with laces as these will give extra support rather than shoes that just slip on.
For more tips and expert advice, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.