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Women's Foot Issues


More women than men will develop bunions over the course of their lifetime. Bunions are bony protrusions that develop along the outside of the big toe. The bone and tissue surrounding the joint (metatarsophalangeal, MTP) becomes misaligned due to undue pressure on the toes.

The main cause of bunions are improper biomechanics. If the foot puts too much stress on the MTP joint, bunions can form. People with flat feet and low or fallen arches are more susceptible to developing the condition. Other causes include:

While ice, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, and bunion pads can help alleviate pain, once a bunion forms only surgery will truly fix the problem. That is why it is important to take care of your feet before bunions form.

Because biomechanical problems cause bunions, it is important to fix any irregularity in your stride. Insoles with superior arch support are key. Reduce the time spent in high heels. Find shoes with roomy toe boxes. And slip a pair of Stride insoles into your shoes.

Corns and Calluses

Women's foot issues - corns and calluses

Corns and calluses are thickened areas of skin that develop on areas of the foot. They are caused by friction between your foot and your shoes. Calluses form on the skin of the bottom of the foot. Corns appear on the top or the side of the toes. There are three main causes of corns and calluses:

To prevent corns and calluses, make sure that you:

Fashion vs. Comfort

Women's foot issues - Comfort Shoes

Many professional women struggle to balance comfort and fashion in their shoe choices. Foot pain caused by high heels consistently rates as one of the most common women's foot issues. High heels can cause:

There are ways to wear high heels and avoid foot pain:

Ballet flats are also an option for women's professional wardrobe. Flats distribute weight more evenly over the entire foot, but their lack of support can lead to other problems, including overpronation.

The best way to provide extra structure in ballet flats is by using an insole like Tread Labs Stride.

Hammer Toes

Hammer toe is an unsightly and painful condition in which the toe bends abnormally at the first joint and ends up looking like an upside-down V. The condition most often occurs in your second to fifth toes.

Hammer toe is more common in woman than in men. High heels and shoes with tight toe boxes can cause the condition.

Poor shoe choice is aggravated by underlying biomechanical irregularities including:

It is important to wearing comfortable shoes with wide toe boxes. But you also need to use insoles like our Stride to support your arch – no matter the height. Tread Labs will help you stabilize your foot, so your toes won’t be doing all the work.

Morton's Neuroma

Women's foot issues - Morton's neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is an inflamed or enlarged nerve in the metatarsals (toes). It is more common among women than men. This is mainly due to overuse of high heels and tight shoes. It is important to choose proper footwear to prevent the condition.

Symptoms include pain, tingling, and swelling in the toes and ball of the foot. It can often feel like you have a pebble stuck in your shoe.

The main causes of Morton's Neuroma include:

Most foot specialists will recommend insoles to both treat and prevent the condition. Tread Labs Stride have medical-grade arch supports and firm structure. Our insoles correct overpronation and lift and separate the metatarsals.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (pronounced Fashy-eye-tis) is a top cause of foot pain among Americans. Around 10% of the population will experience it.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot connecting the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. The band – the plantar fascia supports your foot, particularly the arch.

Most people experience a stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel after developing the condition. Pain is often more pronounced in the morning and lessens throughout the day as the foot loosens.

Plantar fasciitis is common among:

Treating plantar fasciitis at home includes taking pain killers, icing, losing weight, and resting. However, to fix the underlying problem, you need to adequately support your feet. Tread Labs Stride insole provides the necessary arch support to reduce the strain on your plantar fascia.


Women's foot issues - Pregnancy
During pregnancy, women's feet change. Most often, women's arches will flatten, particularly during the first pregnancy, and they will often go up a shoe size. There are 2 main reasons women's feet change during pregnancy:

While changes to feet may be inevitable during pregnancy, there are specific ways pregnant women can take care of their feet:

Runner's Knee

Runner’s knee (Pattellofemoral Pain Syndrome, PFPS) is a common injury among runners. The condition is more common in recreational runners than their elite counterparts. Women are twice as likely to develop runner’s knee than men.

PFPS is when the knee becomes irritated. Running often triggers the patella (kneecap) to rub the femur (thighbone).

Overtraining—or a sudden increase in training—can set off PFPS. But imbalance is the underlying cause of runner’s knee. There are two types of imbalance:

Because women tend to have wider hips, their thighbones often meet the knee at a greater angle. This puts the kneecap under more stress. Insoles can help support the particular issues women face with runner’s knee. In particular, insoles like Tread Labs Stride can keep the knee in alignment, preventing the development of PFPS.

Stress Fractures

women's foot issues - stress fractures

Stress fractures are high on the list of women's foot issues. While both men and women can develop stress fractures in the feet and legs (an injury where the bone weakens to the point of developing small cracks), female athletes develop these injuries at a higher rate than male athletes. Moreover, older women who have gone through menopause also need to be careful about bone injuries including stress fractures. Estrogen helps your bones process the calcium it needs for optimal growth, and the reduced presence of this hormone in the body can lead to osteoporosis. 

There are several causes of lower-extremity stress fractures in women:

If you eat healthy, train correctly, and wear proper footwear, you can greatly reduce the risk of stress fractures. Wearing Tread Labs Stride insoles can correct biomechanical issues that lead to improper stride, uneven impact absorption, and most importantly, stress fractures.