Common Foot and Ankle Injuries That Happen To Women

Women are generally more vulnerable to certain foot problems than men.

A big cause is walking in stylish, narrow-fitting shoes that can crunch the toes, especially high-heel shoes that cramp the forefoot and can cause arch and ankle problems.

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Here are some of the foot and ankle injuries commonly experienced by women. These conditions should be checked by an experienced ankle and foot specialist.

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue. A neuroma is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates enlargement of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.

The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton’s Neuroma, which happens between the third and fourth toes.  One of the most common causes of Morton’s Neuroma is wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box, or high-heeled shoes that can cause the toes to be forced into the toe box.

A bunion is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework inside the front part of the foot.  Bunions start with a leaning of the big toe, gradually changing the angle of the bones and slowly producing the characteristic bump, which becomes increasingly larger.

Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. While wearing shoes that crowd the toes won’t actually cause bunions, it sometimes makes bunions get progressively worse.

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called “heel spur syndrome.” Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis relates to faulty structure of the foot. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis.

Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. A foot and ankle surgeon is able to find the cause of your heel pain.

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue  that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together.

Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Ankle sprains commonly occur while participating in sports, wearing inappropriate shoes, or walking or running on an uneven surface.

Remember, any type of foot pain is never normal. A foot and ankle doctor can examine your feet and give you the best course of action.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 310-551-1711 (Century City) to speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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