Anyone can experience foot issues, but women’s feet face unique problems. Now is the perfect time to explore two of the most common issues women have with their feet and what can be done about it.
High heels are common with a lot of women, they look stylish and can add height, but they can also cause several foot issues. High heels can contribute to back problems, toe deformities, shortened calf muscles, and a host of other problems. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to minimize these issues. First, it’s a good idea to limit the amount of time spent in high heels. More than three hours can cause unnecessary strain and stress. If you do wear high heels, make sure the heel is not higher than two inches. Finally, choose a pair that has a wide heel.
Hammertoe occurs when your second, third, or fourth toe bends at the joint. It is more common in women, partially as ill-fitting shoes such as high heels can contribute to this condition. Genetics and arthritis may also contribute to developing this condition. Hammertoe can be painful and cause the toe to become less flexible. To prevent a hammertoe from developing in the first place, it’s best always to wear shoes that properly fit. Make sure the shoe is wide enough and that your toes are not cramped. Shoe inserts can help ease the discomfort. Also, you can try toe stretches to help restore the original toe’s position gently.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort with your feet, it’s vital to contact an experienced professional right away.
For more tips and expert advice, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.