Some foot issues are more likely to affect women than others, but this doesn’t have to be the case if you know how to prevent them from happening. Fortunately, we have some tips to share that can help you do exactly that.
If you are experiencing an issue with a foot or ankle, you can certainly come see us here at Richardson Podiatry Associates to receive the care you need. Of course, we are confident you would rather be able to avoid the pain and discomfort that can come from conditions like bunions and edema. With that in mind, here are some tips to prevent common women’s foot issues:
- Bunions. You might not be able to prevent a bunion from developing by not wearing high-heeled shoes, but you can prevent the condition from worsening. Bunions are progressive toe deformities and will continue to worsen when left untreated. Orthotics and footwear choices can keep that from happening.
- Stress fractures. Women can be at heightened risk for stress fractures due to loss of bones mass during premenstrual cycles. You can reduce your risk of developing a stress fracture—anytime of the month—by cross-training with low-impact activities. Swap out a couple of days of running for swimming or cycling and you will give your bones a break…just not the “fracture” kind.
- Edema. When you are pregnant, you have an increased risk of edema, a condition marked by swollen feet and ankles. To prevent the often-uncomfortable swelling, drink plenty of water and avoid foods high in sodium. You also should consider resting with your feet elevated periodically throughout the day.
- Corns and calluses. Shoe choices might not cause bunions, but they can cause corns and calluses. You can decrease your risk for these skin issues by choosing comfortable footwear, especially pairs that have plenty of room in the toe box.