Women today are busy! Whether you are the CEO of your household or constantly on the go for a hospital shift, hurting feet can make for a long day. Women are more vulnerable to foot pain due to the perceptions of our society and the desire to wear narrow fitted shoes and high heels that squeeze and cramp our toes. Style and fashion have overtaken comfort and support, but it is imperative to have proper foot care and find a happy medium.
Here are some common conditions that can be experienced and a few tricks to relieve the pain.
Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain or plantar fasciitis is one of the most common complaints in the office. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascial band and the soft tissue at the bottom of the foot. The first step out of bed or standing up after a period of rest is the most painful. Typically, the pain decreases once you start moving around. Supportive shoes, stretching and other conservative (non-surgical) treatments can help improve this condition.
A bunion is when your big toe leans over, creating a bump on the inside of the foot. This deformity can be inherited from previous generations, or from the shoes that have been worn throughout one’s lifetime. In addition, other toes can start to change as the deformity progresses. Shoes with a wide-toe box can help accommodate for the deformity as well as orthotics (special shoe inserts). Unfortunately, this bump will never go away and is best treated conservatively. If conservative treatments fail and pain has become too severe, surgery would be the next option.
Lower Leg Swelling
By the end of the day, swelling of the feet and ankles can lead to a tired and achy lower extremity. When you’re on your feet all day, gravity naturally pulls fluid down your legs, causing swelling. Compression stockings help control lower extremity edema (swelling) and progression of venous insufficiency (poor circulation). Elevating your feet after work will help you relax and relieve some of the swelling.
This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult a podiatrist before making any treatment decisions.
About the Author
Ashley M. Bojrab, DPM
Parkview Physicians Group - Podiatry