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A painful heel can cause a great deal of discomfort and interfere with walking. There’s a lot going on in our feet, thanks to the complex structure that includes lots of bones, tendons and ligaments. So, it is common to deal with injuries or chronic pain from time to time. The causes of foot pain can range from inflammation to structural issues and maladaptation. They can result in stabbing pain, irritation and swelling at the bottom of the foot.
Heel pain is more common in women than men and there are multiple variables when it comes to pinpointing the exact cause of it. If you’re one of those who have been dealing with heel pain, one of the following reasons could be why.
Pregnant women go through many changes in their bodies to support their developing baby – the most common change being an increase in their body weight. With these new pounds, the feet, ankles and heels are forced to adjust to the extra pressure, causing pain. A progressive change in their physical activities, or a lack thereof, can also lead to aches over time. If left untreated, heel pain can be followed by other issues such as heel spurs, which may continue to cause discomfort even after childbirth.
We typically put a great amount of pressure on our feet and heels. However, obesity can make it worse and cause severe heel pain as well as a variety of other medical issues. Obesity can change the way women walk, move and hold themselves, adding more stress to the feet. It is more common in women than men as women tend to store more fat around the hips and thighs, causing a major impact on the hips, back and feet. Other conditions like PCOS also contribute to weight gain in women.
Middle-aged women are more likely to experience abrupt heel pain due to menopause and change in their hormone levels, which lowers their oestrogen levels and subsequently affects their collagen production. Less collagen synthesis can result in less elasticity of tendons and skin, constriction of blood vessels and a higher risk of soft tissue injuries. It can impact the health of their skeletal tissues. Heel pain can be reduced with the help of physiotherapy or targeted pain treatments.
Many women prefer wearing high heels over flats. According to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 42% of women reveal that they would wear shoes they liked even if it caused them discomfort. However, this can lead to conditions such as shrinkage of the Achilles tendon and cause severe pain or even the inability to walk barefoot.
When should you see a doctor for heel pain?
Heel pain can be a nuisance and since every foot is different, the safest option is to get it checked as soon as you can if pain persists. If you are suffering from heel pain, contact FCBS Dubai to know more about our heel pain treatment.