Women have countless numbers of shoe styles to choose from – ranging
from stilettos, pumps, wedges, flats – the list goes on and on.
But walking may be difficult if your feet hurt with every step you take.
Finding the perfect shoe fit and consistently exercising will reduce aching
in one’s feet.
As women age, the structure of their feet can cause more pain and discomfort.
One’s arch can slowly collapse and lessen with age, thus increasing
“The great toe can be pushed sideways, causing a bunion, changing
the fit of the shoes to be wider,” says
Dr. Andrew Gerken, foot and ankle specialist at Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI). “Once
calves begin to tighten up, problems in the foot (Achilles tendinitis,
plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, etc.) start to arise. The surrounding
muscles can weaken and tighten up, leading to inflammation and degeneration
(e.g. posterior tibial tendon).”
Plantar fasciitis – heel pain, is one of the most common painful
foot-related conditions that tend to occur more frequently with age. Investing
in “healthy shoes” that support the arch while providing comfortable
cushion that properly accommodates the foot shape and size will pay off
in the long run. Shop around and spend a little more money on these types
of shoes and your feet will thank you for investing time into finding
the perfect pair.
“Shoe stores like The Walking Shoe Store, Sole Comfort and New Balance
Store have a reputation for selling comfort-friendly shoe,” says
Dr. Gerken. “Specialty shoe stores are ubiquitous now and help individuals
select pairs that are best for their foot type.”
Finding the perfect fit for each foot type will make exercising more bearable.
Gerken advises women to not try to get in shape overnight, but to be patient
and consistent. One should start with walking then slowly progress to jogging.
“Taking extra precaution such as keeping the body fit and healthy,
maintaining proper exercise and diet, and investing in ‘healthy’
shoes will reduce pain and discomfort,” he said.
Dr. Gerken is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in care
for the foot & ankle.