How Heredity and Heels Affect Women’s Feet

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a day to recognize women all over the world for their achievements. We join the global community in celebrating women. And we hope to make it easier for them to excel by providing them with excellent foot and ankle care. Good health helps you accomplish your goals. Good foot health helps you move forward with ease.

Two things greatly influence how healthy a woman’s feet are:

  1. Heredity. The shape of your feet is pretty much predestined from the moment you’re born. So are the problems you’re prone to developing. For instance, if the women in your family tend to develop bunions, chances are good that you will, too. If you’ve had flat feet since you were a kid, blame it on your genes.
  2. High heels elongate your legs, make you taller, and add a punch of style to an outfit. That’s why most women love them. But there’s no shortage of women who visit our office with high heel-related foot problems, including injuries from falling. Heels are not the only shoes that threaten a woman’s foot health. Floppy, unsupportive shoes can be damaging, too, causing sprains, heel pain, and plantar fasciitis.

Many women experience foot problems because of heredity and high heels combined. Frequent heel-wearing can make existing problems progress faster. If you’re already genetically predisposed to getting hammertoes, for example, wearing narrow-toed heels can make you get them sooner.

International Women’s Day honors women’s rights without regard to national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political divisions. Our experienced podiatric surgeons, Dr. Craig B. Frey, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, and Dr. Jim Swienconek, honor and treat you and your feet with the same regard. For expert, caring treatment of bunions, toe deformities, ankle sprains, and more, call Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041. Or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We offer a modern office with the latest technology for podiatric patients in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties, proudly serving our patients from Solon, Aurora, Bedford, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, and Twinsburg.