Womens Feet

Womens feet take more punishment, than their male counterparts the footwear that some feel obliged to wear in the work place may cause them many long term foot problems. The wearing of high-heeled shoes is a prime example of women inviting foot problems. Podiatrists see no value in high heels (apart from them looking great), they believe them to be biomechanically and unsound, citing medical, postural, and safety faults of such heels.
They know, for example, that high heels may contribute to knee and back problems, disabling injuries in falls, shortened calf muscles, and an awkward, unnatural gait. In time, high heels may cause enough changes in the feet to impair their proper function. Most women admit high heels make their feet hurt, but they tolerate the discomfort in order to look taller, stylish, and more professional.
Women have other heel size choices, fortunately, they don’t have to endure pain at the expense of their foot health. The key is wearing the right shoe for the right activity and that means varying heel height, depending on activity.
For example, there are comfortable and attractive walking shoes available for women for work and social activities. The shoe manufacturers who have introduced them seek a marriage of fashion considerations and comfort. Several companies have also designed footwear for certain athletic activities, including aerobics, specifically for women.
Pregnant women need to observe good foot health to prevent pain and discomfort. Since the body undergoes changes and acquires a new weight-bearing stance, women should wear shoes with broad-based heels that provide support and absorb shock. Additional body weight also calls for more support, to prevent foot “breakdown.”
The expectant mother often experiences more than ordinary swelling of her feet and ankles, which can aggravate existing foot conditions and promote inflammation or irritation. Pregnancy also triggers the release of hormones which enhance laxity in ligaments, which can contribute to foot strain. If problems develop, she should see a Podiatrist within the first trimester of pregnancy to assess their feet and make recommendations, this can save women a lifetime of foot problems.

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