5 Common Foot Problems in Women Over 50

5 Common Foot Problems in Women Over 50

As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, and our feet are no exception. Women over 50 often experience a range of foot-related issues that can impact their overall mobility and quality of life. In this blog, we'll dive into the five most common foot problems faced by women in this age group, shedding light on their causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment options.

Plantar Fasciitis:

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition characterized by inflammation of the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. Women over 50 are particularly susceptible due to decreased flexibility, reduced elasticity in connective tissues, and changes in gait patterns. Symptoms include heel pain, especially in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. Stretching exercises, orthotic inserts, proper footwear, and physical therapy can provide relief.


Bunions are bony protrusions that form at the base of the big toe, causing the toe to deviate towards the other toes. Women are more prone to bunions due to factors such as tight shoes, genetics, and hormonal changes. The discomfort can range from mild to severe, affecting walking and overall foot function. Wearing properly fitted shoes with wide toe boxes, using bunion pads, and in some cases, surgical intervention, can help manage the pain and prevent further deformity.

Hammer Toes:

Hammer toes occur when the toes bend abnormally at the joints, resembling a hammer-like shape. This condition is often caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as high heels or narrow shoes, which can lead to muscle imbalances and joint problems. Women over 50 might experience pain, corns, or calluses due to friction and pressure. Wearing shoes with adequate space for the toes, toe exercises, and splinting can help alleviate discomfort.

Corns and Calluses:

Corns and calluses are areas of thickened, hardened skin that develop as a response to repeated friction and pressure. Older women commonly experience these on the soles of their feet and toes due to changes in foot structure and decreased natural cushioning. Proper foot hygiene, using moisturizers, cushioned insoles, and regular exfoliation can help manage these conditions. Avoid using sharp objects to remove them, as this can lead to infections.


Osteoarthritis can affect the feet as joints wear down over time. Women over 50 might experience joint pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion, especially in the big toe, ankle, and mid-foot. Maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in low-impact exercises, wearing supportive footwear, and considering orthotic inserts can help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis and improve mobility.

As women age, foot health becomes increasingly important to maintain an active and independent lifestyle. By understanding the common foot problems faced by women over 50 and taking proactive steps to prevent and manage them, such as wearing appropriate footwear, practicing foot hygiene, and seeking professional guidance from a podiatrist, it's possible to alleviate discomfort and enhance overall foot well-being. Remember, caring for your feet not only benefits your mobility but also contributes to your overall health and well-being.

Written by
Dr. Jeffrey S. Hurless
DPM, FACFAS Board Certified Foot & Ankle Surgeon/Podiatrist
Medical Director, HealthyFeetStore.com

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