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When you come in with heel pain, there is a decent chance we will tell you it is due to plantar fasciitis. We’ll explain that it involves an inflammation in the ligament under your foot, and prescribe a course of treatment, but what if you want to learn more? You know you can always ask us questions, but maybe you retain information better if you can read it rather than just hear it. That’s what our online patient education library is for—to give you a written resource to dig a little deeper into the causes of foot problems and learn more about foot care techniques.

Explaining Your Foot Problems

Did you know that about one fourth of your bones are found in your feet? 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments comprise this complicated foundation of your body that allows you to run, walk, and jump. Add to that your blood vessels, nerves and skin, and you can see how many possibilities there are for something to go wrong.

Understanding your problem can help you see the causes, the importance of treatment, and the ways you may be able to prevent it from getting worse or coming back. Take Achilles tendinitis, for example. When you learn that this condition often happens from overuse, or from not properly conditioning your feet and ankles for the actions you demand of them, it will help you realize the importance of resting to let the tissue heal and stretching to make the tendon more limber. You can also be careful to add new activity gradually in stages so your body gets used to the added trauma and can withstand it better.

Understanding Your Foot Care Options

You can use the patient education resources to learn about various remedies for a problem. Look up the causes of bunions, and you will understand that treatment may be as simple as changing your shoe style or being fitted with orthotics. Learn that if you do nothing the problem will most likely get worse, and may end up requiring surgery to correct the alignment of the bones in your foot, so you can regain comfort and mobility.

The library includes information on all types of foot conditions, including deformities like hammertoe and heel spurs, injuries like fractures and sprains, nerve compression problems like Morton’s neuroma, complications from disease such as diabetic ulcers, or nail and skin problems like calluses, warts, and fungal nails. Just enter the term you want to learn about in our search bar to see what we can tell you about it.

Don’t forget to check out our blogs, too. These help keep you up-to-date on common foot conditions and the current trends in caring for them.

Working Together for Your Foot Health

We strongly believe that an informed patient has a better chance at a good outcome, because then we can partner and work together to put an end to your pain and allow you to resume your normal activity. Great foot care is a team effort, with all hands needed on deck—including yours!

If you have pain or numbness in your feet or have injured them in some way, give Axis Foot & Ankle Clinic a call at (403) 477-3338 to set up an appointment at one of our three, convenient locations in Calgary, AB. We look forward to helping you restore your feet to full health and function!

The best shoe for women's feet is a walking shoe with laces (not a slip-on), a composition sole, and a relatively wider heel with a rigid and padded heel counter, no more than three-quarters of an inch in height.

Some women inflict punishment on their feet from improper footwear that can bring about unnecessary foot problems. Some of the problems result from high-heeled shoes (generally defined as pumps with heels of more than two inches).

A study conducted by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society found that:

  • Nine out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small for their feet.
  • Eight out of 10 women say their shoes are painful.
  • More than 7 out of 10 women have developed a bunion, hammertoe, or other painful foot deformity.
  • Women are nine times more likely to develop a foot problem because of improper fitting shoes than a man.
  • Nine out of 10 women's foot deformities can be attributed to tight shoes.

High-heeled, pointed-toe shoes can cause numerous orthopedic problems, leading to discomfort or injury to the toes, ankles, knees, calves, and back. Many high-heeled-shoes also have a pointed, narrow toe box that crowds the toes and forces them into an unnatural triangular shape. These shoes distribute the body's weight unevenly, placing excess stress on the ball of the foot and on the forefoot. This uneven distribution of weight, coupled with the narrow toe box characteristic of most high heels, can lead to discomfort, bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities.

The height of the heel makes a dramatic difference in the pressure that occurs on the bottom of the foot. As heel height increases, the pressure under the ball of the foot may double, placing greater pressure on the forefoot as it is forced into the pointed toe box.

To relieve the abusive effects of high heels, women should limit the amount of time they wear them and alternate these shoes with good quality sneakers or flats for part of the day. Look for comfortable and attractive walking pumps for work and social activities, that blend fashion appeal with athletic shoe-derived construction, reinforced heels, and wider toe room for greater comfort. Low-heeled shoes (one inch or lower) with a wide toe box are the ideal choice for women. An ample toe box that can accommodate the front part of the foot is as important as the heel in determining fit.


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