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Before we say goodbye to March, we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM want to take this opportunity to recognize Women’s History Month and pay tribute to the many strong women who have made our great country what it is. Also, on a practical note, we’d like to provide some tips and information about women’s foot health issues. Women are more susceptible than men to a few different podiatric problems. Unfortunately, the reason for this has to do with footwear. Squeezing into high heels with narrow toes may seem to be attractive but it comes with a price. Below are some common podiatric conditions that women are prone to:

Bunions—although men can develop bunions too, they are far more prevalent in women. The root cause of a bunion is most often an inherited defect in the biomechanical structure of the foot that causes the big toe to begin to drift toward the second toe. Over time, the joint moves completely out of place resulting in a lump on the side of the big toe. Tight shoes that squeeze the toes and high heels which push the feet forward make bunions worse.

Morton’s Neuroma—the same action of forcing the feet forward from high heels also puts excess pressure on the ball of the foot. This can cause compression of the nerve located there resulting in pain and inflammation.

Heel Pain—wearing shoes that have little or no arch support, such as ballet slippers or flip flops, for prolonged periods of time can put a strain on your heel and cause plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. For the same reason, people with flat feet are more prone to these conditions as well.

Ankle Sprains/Weak Ankles—platform sole shoes, high heels and boots, wedges and other types of footwear that can lead to instability greatly increase the risk of ankle sprains, especially when walking on slippery or uneven surfaces. Repeated ankle sprains can cause a chronic weakness or instability in the ankle.

If you are experiencing symptoms of any of these conditions it’s important that you make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. These foot disorders can be corrected and appropriate and attractive shoes can be found to help keep your feet and ankles healthy. To learn more, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410. 

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