East Coast Podiatry Centre for Women is a dedicated podiatry specialist unit catered only to women. We provide podiatry services with an emphasis on privacy and modesty to ensure your comfort.
All consultations and services will be provided by female clinicians.
Common Lower Limb & Foot Problems in Women
There are several common foot and lower limb problems that affect women specifically. These conditions arise due to various factors, including anatomical difference, hormonal changes, lifestyle and footwear choices.
Women may experience the following conditions:
- Bunions are bony protrusions that develop at the base of the big toe, causing the joint to become misaligned. Women are more susceptible to bunions, possibly due to wearing tight or high-heeled shoes.
- Foot arch collapse after pregnancy and due to increased prevalence of ligament laxity. This is associated with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction.
- Ingrown toenails from recurrent tight fitting shoes, pedicures (digging down the side of the nail and hard nail polish on top of nails)
- Burning feet from increased weight gain, causing nerve entrapments to arise in the lower back, hip, leg, knee or feet. This can lead to neuralgia, neuroma growth or simply altered sensations and walking patterns.
- Plantar Fasciitis involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It can cause heel pain, especially in the morning. Women may be more prone to plantar fasciitis due to increased stress on the ligament caused by activities like running or wearing unsupportive footwear.
- Metatarsalgia refers to pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Women who frequently wear high heels or narrow shoes may be more susceptible to this condition due to increased pressure on the metatarsal bones.
- Stress Fractures due to overuse or repetitive impact. Active females may be more prone to stress fractures in the lower limbs due to factors like hormonal imbalances, dietary issues, and decreased bone density (osteoporosis).