Every year about two million Americans are affected by plantar fasciitis, one of the most common foot conditions in the United States. Plantar fasciitis affects many people, of all different ages, genders, and sizes, however, women tend to be disproportionately affected by the condition.
So ladies, what's the deal? There are a few societal and hormonal influences women experience throughout their lifetime that make them more vulnerable. Learn more below!
Pregnancy Weight Gain
Pregnant women tend to gain weight--quickly. It's difficult for their body to adapt to supporting more weight so fast, which puts a strain on their plantar fascia. Many pregnant women report feeling a sharp pain in their heels, particular after being seated for a long time. Also, the body does release a hormone relaxin, loosening the ligaments before birth, which can be a contributing factor.
Fashion isn't kind to your feet. A lot of the shoes we consider fashionable create unhealthy environments for our feet. Heels and pumps are the number one cause of shoe-related foot pain. These types of shoes increase pressure on the forefoot and are usually quite narrow. A lot of women wear heels all throughout the day, causing some severe damage.
So, ditch the heels, your feet will thank you.
If you're a mother, you probably know for a fact that being a parent is a 24/7 job. Being on your feet all day can put a real strain on your plantar fascia and doesn't give your body enough time to recover. It's pretty common for mothers to come home from a long day of work and immediately begin to chase behind their children. In most cases, taking a break isn't an option.
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