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Why Are Women More Likely Than Men to Suffer Heel Spurs?

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You’ve probably heard it many times before: “Beauty is pain.” Women put up with any number of aches and discomfort, all in the name of looking good. What many women don’t know is that some of the demands they place on their feet can cause lifelong afflictions.

There are a number of reasons women are more likely to suffer heel spurs than men are, including:

  • High heels. Women who regularly wear high heels exert more pressure on their heels, and high-heeled footwear also stretches the ligament along the bottom of the foot. When recovering from a heel spur, it’s important to wear only shoes that have proper arch support, a cushioned heel, and flexibility in the front of the shoe that allows toe movement. 
  • Weight. Increased weight can put extra pressure on the bottoms of the feet. Both men and women can carry excess weight, of course, but women generally have a greater ability to withstand pain—so they are more likely to ignore heel problems until the problems become severe and more difficult to treat.
  • Flat feet. Women who work all day on their feet might not be wearing high heels, but they might not have healthy feet, either. Heel spurs can be caused by over-pronation of the foot, which stretches the plantar fascia until the foot is almost flat. 

The dedicated team at Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates wants you to know that although you might be prone to experiencing foot problems, there’s no reason you should have to suffer through them. We can show you how to treat heel spurs at home and get you back up and running as soon as possible. Call us today for an appointment in Media at 610-565-3668 or in Phoenixville at 610-933-8644. 

To learn how to kick your foot pain for good, click the link on this page and we’ll send you a FREE copy of our book The Foot Is Not an Island: Recognizing Vitamin D Deficiency & How to Correct It.

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