Summer Shoes Reveal Women’s Foot Problems

As women make the switch to more open-style summer shoes, we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers begin to see more patients with foot disorders whose symptoms are visible. Certain foot problems change the appearance of your foot. Being covered up in socks and winter shoes can keep them on the back burner.

Below are some common conditions that may be more noticeable in sandals and other open styles:

Bunions—the characteristic sign of a bunion is a large bump at the base of the big toe, which may be particularly unsightly when you slip on a pair of strappy sandals. Bunions occur when a defect in the structure of the foot—often inherited—causes the toe joint to move out of place and begin to drift toward the second toe. Wearing tight shoes or styles with narrow, pointy toe boxes can speed the progression of a bunion. Surgery is the only way to correct a bunion, but the foot doctor may suggest less invasive treatments if your bunion is small or not progressing very quickly. Another type of bunion that occurs on your pinky toe is known as a Tailor’s Bunion or a bunionette.

Skin Problems and Fungal Infections—excessively dry skin that’s itchy and flaky or a chronic skin rash may be indicative of athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or another skin infection. Discoloration in a toenail, especially when accompanied by thickening of the nail and/or crumbling on the edges of the nail is a sign of a fungal toenail infection. The appearance of a new mole or freckle or changes to an existing one may be potential sites for skin cancer. If you see any changes in the skin of your feet or nails, it’s important that you contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office so that one of our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson can examine your feet and determine if a foot problem is present.

Hammertoe—does one or more of your toes look bent at the joint, causing it to have an appearance like a hammer? If so, a toe deformity may be developing. Hammertoe is a progressive condition and will only get worse without treatment. Eventually, the toe will become rigid in the bent position and corns and calluses will form on the top of the toe caused by friction from footwear.

If your summer shoes are revealing something concerning, don’t wait! Contact us today for an appointment.

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At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, however, we know that foot odor is a year-round problem for some people. With approximately 3,000 sweat glands per square inch producing about ½ pint of perspiration daily, your feet are prime targets for body odor issues.

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