Your feet and ankles are among nature’s miracles. Each foot is made of 26 bones and nearly 100 muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues, all working together to form the arches and joints that allow you to stand and walk upright without pain.
Your legs contain two different types of veins: deep veins, which are close to the bone, and superficial veins, which are located near the surface of the body. Both types of veins are critical to circulation. Every second or so, your heart pumps oxygenated blood throughout your body via your arteries.
There are many reasons why patients come to Podiatry Group of Annapolis reporting joint pain. Arthritis is a problem for many men and women, especially those over 65.
An overwhelming majority of American women will deal with foot pain at some point in their lives. Studies of women over 65 indicate that as many as one third have chronic foot discomfort or stiffness.
While there is a wide range of problems afflicting women, there is one cause that is responsible for more issues than any other: high-heeled shoes with narrow, cramped toe boxes.
While fashionable, these shoes increase the load on the ball of the foot and lead to such foot deformities as:
Hammertoes – Hammertoes occur when the toes are squeezed over a long period of time, altering the shape of the joint and causing one toe to rise up above the others. Claw toes and mallet toes are common varieties.
Bunions – A bunion forms when the big toe moves out of place, turning inward and causing the joint where the toe moves the foot to protrude. This can make it challenging to wear shoes comfortably.
Haglund’s deformity – Also known as “pump bump,” Haglund’s deformity is a painful enlargement of the bone at the back at the heel.
Neuroma – A neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue that can create a lack of feeling or other uncomfortable sensations such as burning, tingling, or a feeling like there’s something in your foot. Neuromas are frequently found between the third and fourth toes, where they are known as Morton’s neuroma.
Plantar Fasciitis – This is a painful irritation of the soft tissue along the bottom of the foot. It is characterized by heel pain, especially first thing in the morning.
Of course, not all women’s foot health issues are footwear-related. When it comes to foot disease, or to podiatric symptoms of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, women are as vulnerable as men.
If you have a concern about the health or well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, the first thing to do is to schedule a visit to your foot doctor. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist is the best-qualified medical professional to help you.
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Your feet are complex anatomical structures, unique in nature. How much do you know about their anatomy?