Women’s Foot Health
May is perhaps one of the best months. Why? Well, in a typical year:
- It’s finally safe to break out summer gear. (Although, we all know fellow Wisconsinites who proudly sport their shorts while shoveling or running the snowblower in the winter…)
- Milwaukee Public Schools students—and teachers—are in the homestretch before summer vacation.
- Fallen military heroes receive the honor they so rightfully deserve on Memorial Day for having given the greatest sacrifice while serving our nation.
- Many people are able to enjoy an extended Memorial Day weekend and receive a well-earned break to celebrate with family and friends.
- Edema. This is a condition wherein feet and ankles become swollen on account of fluid retention. On account of the swelling, socks and shoes are often too tight – which can be a source of tremendous discomfort (and sometimes even downright painful).
- Overpronation. Edema is not the only foot problem that can develop during pregnancy, and overpronation is an example of a different one for many expectant mothers.
- Bunions and bunionettes. These are toe deformities where either the first toe (in the case of a bunion) or small toe (in the case of bunionette) starts angling inward. As an affected toe continues to angle farther inward, it forces the joint found at the base of the toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—to protrude out to the respective edge of the foot. (So the inner edge for bunions and outer for bunionettes.)
- Other toe deformities. Bunions aren’t the only toe deformities more commonly seen in women than men. Females are also more likely to develop hammertoes, along with the related claw and mallet toe conditions. Whereas bunions (and bunionettes) are caused by drifting along a horizontal plane, these particular toe issues entail abnormal curling on a vertical basis.
- Sports Injuries. Feet and ankles play a major role in many physical activities, including those used for sport and/or exercise. This means there is ample opportunity for foot and ankle sports injuries to develop.
- Neuromas. Earlier we took high-heeled shoes off the hook for causing bunions (but not for contributing to their progression!). In the case of neuromas, we can more definitively say that fashionable footwear could be to blame.
"Feel Good Feet: A User's Guide to Foot & Ankle Health"