There are different risk factors that may increase your chances for foot pain and conditions.
Risk factors can include age, gender, jobs, pregnancy, weight gain, sports and dancing.
To find out what you can do, keep reading!
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As you get older, your feet widen and flatten, and the fat padding on the sole of the foot can wear down. The skin on the feet also becomes dryer. Foot pain in older adults may be the first sign of another condition such as: arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory disease.
Women are usually at higher risk than men for severe foot pain, probably because of high-heeled shoes, which can squash the toes in a narrow box and re-align the body’s weight in an unnatural way. Over time, severe foot pain appears to be a major cause of general disability in older women.
There an estimated 120,000 job-related foot injuries every year, and about a third of them involve the toes. A number of foot problems (arthritis of the foot and ankle, toe deformities, pinched nerves between the toes, plantar fasciitis, adult-acquired flat foot, and tarsal tunnel syndrome) have been caused by the repetitive use at work.
Pregnant women also have an increased risk of foot problems due to weight gain, swelling in their feet and ankles, and the release of certain hormones during pregnancy that cause the ligaments to relax. While these pregnancy hormones help with bearing the child, they can also weaken the feet.
People who engage in regular high-impact aerobic exercises are definitely at risk for condition, such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, sesamoiditis, Achilles tendinitis, and stress fractures. Once again, women are at higher risk for stress fractures than men. This is often because they are not wearing right shoe wear that provides that correct support for arches and room for toes.
Gaining weight can put direct stress on the feet ,and can lead to foot or ankle injuries. Soon your feet will have trouble supporting the extra weight just to accomplish normal day-to-day activities.. The added pressure on the soft tissues and joints of the foot in overweight people increases the likelihood of developing tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.