Foot & Ankle Pain Relief From Experienced Milwaukee, WI Podiatrists
by Milwaukee Podiatrist, Dr. Lucy Meier
Women and men are different right down to their toes! Women tend to have more foot problems than men. Why is that? Your shoes may carry some of the blame, but biology also plays a role in causing your foot pain.
Women not only cram their feet into every fashion fad, they also go through pregnancy that changes many parts of the body, not excluding the feet. Hormones cause your body to function differently and estrogen can both help and hurt your feet throughout your lifetime.
At Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists, we have a female podiatrist in Milwaukee that understands every ache your foot can experience. There are a number of common foot and ankle problems in women that we see frequently and know how to solve for you.
Tendon Trouble: Heel or Achilles Pain
Women wear a variety of shoes like heels, ballet slippers, flip flops, clogs, boots, and more. Most shoes do not have good arch support and many women’s shoes don’t have enough space to allow for an orthotic. The lack of support for your arch puts extra stress on your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. Eventually, that stress turns into pain.
Women with heel pain tend to ignore it longer than men because they grow accustomed to having pain related to shoe wear. If you have plantar fasciitis or Achilles Tendonitis, you shouldn’t wait to treat your pain – it only gets worse and harder to cure.
A female patient being casted for orthotics
Bad News Bumps: Bunions
A bunion is a bump on the side of the great toe. It can cause pain in your joint and decreased motion. Bunions are caused by mechanical instability and genetics – blame your mom, not your shoes! A woman’s bunion is not much different than a man’s bunion, but it tends to cause more problems. Women often wear narrower shoes, therefore your bunions may cause irritation and pain.
Help for Your Hammertoes
There are many reasons why women have hammertoes. Some common causes for hammertoes are genetics, poor foot alignment, and nerve disease. Shoes with wide toe boxes are typically not considered fashionable. Even if you don’t care about foot fashion, wide toed shoes are hard to find. This results in women squeezing their toes into shoes without enough room. Many women suffer from hammertoes and this condition is seen among all ages.
A Morton’s neuroma is inflammation of a nerve in the ball of your foot. The main cause of a neuroma is compression of the nerve between the bones. Once again, your footwear is a common culprit for this problem. Narrow shoes will squeeze your foot and cause irritation to your nerve over time. As your nerve becomes inflamed, it can cause burning, tingling, or pain in your toes.
Pregnancy and Your Feet
Pregnancy will change your body in many ways, but you should never ignore your feet during this time of your life. You have enough on your plate and you don’t need foot pain to make things more complicated.
Pregnancy most commonly causes swelling in your legs and feet. Many women will even notice a change in shoe size. While buying baby supplies, new moms often neglect making sure their own shoes fit properly. Nine months later, you may have a new baby and a new foot problem. Ingrown toenails are very common due to tight shoes and nail trimming habits inhibited by a baby bump.
That extra bundle of joy is also an extra bundle of weight you are putting on your feet. Without proper arch support, your feet are going to take a severe beating. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis are common ailments for pregnant feet.
Women are always on the go! Combine that with shoes with no shock absorption and your bones are going to take a beating throughout the day. Heels, ballet slippers, and most sandals provide little cushioning between the hard floor and your feet. Over time, that constant pounding can cause stress fractures. Women are at an even higher risk of stress fractures because of low bone mass. This becomes even more prevalent after menopause when women have less estrogen protecting their bone health. Women athletes are also at high risk for stress fractures.
We Can Keep You Looking Good and Feeling Great
At Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists, we take a comprehensive approach to treating your feet. As a female doctor, I’ve taken on the critical role of training and teaching our staff about women’s foot health. Our office also carries a number of products that will help keep your feet and toenails healthy and looking great.
If you are a grandmother, mom, professional with a dress code, or a female athlete, you will find solutions to your foot and ankle pain with our compassionate staff and doctors.
Experience, expertise, and exceptional care. That’s the Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists guarantee!
While our podiatry offices are conveniently located in Wauwatosa, New Berlin, and Oak Creek, WI, we offer services to patients in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin (WI) including Franklin, Brookfield, Fox Point, Hales Corner, Waukesha, West Allis, Menomonee Falls, and South Milwaukee.
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