Have you ever heard of International Women’s Day? Every year on March 8, people from Athens, Buenos Aires, Washington, Vienna, Dakar, Hanoi and every city in between are encouraged to celebrate the achievements of women and draw attention to ensuring gender equality throughout the world.
Even though a recent study by the World Economic Forum sadly predicts that true gender equality won’t be achieved for another 200 years, we’re doing what we can here in our own corner of the world, Montgomery, Alabama, to empower women to stand on their own two feet.
Foot health matters
Montgomery Foot Care Specialists, headed up by two women, Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Chanda L. Day-Houts, cares deeply about the health of women’s feet. All people lead a better quality of life when their feet are free from diseases and deformities. If your feet hurt, you’re less likely to walk, run, or exercise, which can lead to further health problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Women suffer from some very specific foot issues that don’t affect men at all, or don’t affect them nearly as often. We can narrow down the causes of these issues into three general categories:
- High heels cause us to walk with all the weight on the balls of our feet. When you spend a lot of time with your feet in that position, it leads to numerous issues such as Morton’s neuroma, bunions, sprained ankles or fractures from falling. We encourage women to get out there and achieve! – But keep your time achieving while wearing high heels at a minimum.
- Pregnancy can be a real challenge to women’s feet, causing swelling, loosened ligaments that can actually change the size of your foot, and flattening of the arch.
- Although men are not immune to this degenerative bone disease than men, it’s much more common in women and post-menopausal women are especially at risk. Osteoporosis is caused by poor diet and lack of weight-bearing exercise. Bones become weak and break easily. A sudden broken bone in the foot often gives a woman her first inkling that she’s got osteoporosis.
Keeping your feet as healthy as possible is not going to close the gender gap, but women whose feet are pain-free can achieve that much more in every aspect of their life. If you ever have pain in your feet, call us at (334) 396-3668 or contact us for an appointment and we’ll set you on the road to great foot health.