May 9 is National Women’s Check-Up Day, mark your calendar. During May, the PediFix team joins other providers to bring added awareness to the importance of women’s health. National Women’s Health Week is May 8 through May 15. As we all know, foot health and overall health are connected. How you care for your feet, and any concerns you may have about your foot health, should be addressed at your next doctor’s visit. Whether that’s your general physician or your podiatrist. Issues we have with our feet sometimes signal health conditions elsewhere in the body.

If you are planning a check-up this month, we hope you will bring any questions or concerns about your foot health to your doctor.

There are common foot problems that affect women, and ways to prevent them or reduce your discomfort. We’ll share two: neuromas and plantar fasciitis or heel pain. One factor that can increase a woman’s risk of developing these conditions is the type of shoe they choose to wear. When shopping, consider shoes that offer plenty of support. Regardless of the activity — work or play — support is a must-have for your feet. Before you make a purchase, also wiggle your toes. Is there enough room in the toe box?

Neuromas

When nerve tissue thickens, it is called a neuroma. A pinched nerve is another description. Thickening that occurs near the bottom of the third and fourth toes, is called Morton’s neuroma. Prevention tip: Wear shoes with support and choose shoes with adequate space in the toe box.

Causes:
  • A narrow toe box
  • Squished toes from high heel pressure
  • Repetitive stress and pressure on the forefoot

 

Symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Discomfort

Plantar fasciitis 

What is one of the most common causes of heel pain? Plantar fasciitis. People who have this form of heel pain first experience discomfort in the morning after waking up. The pain may then go away but return after another period of rest or sitting. Prevention tip: Stretch before exercising, and wear shoes with good support.

Causes:
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Low arches or flat feet
  • Stress fracture
Symptoms:
  • Pain in the foot or heel
  • Sudden, sharp pain
  • Swelling in the heel

We’re in the business of helping people find relief from common foot and ankle conditions. If you have questions about any of our products, please call 1-800-PEDIFIX (733-4349) to learn more. Our product specialists are ready to support your needs.