MD Podiatrist Explains Why Women’s Feet Hurt More in Autumn

Fall is not always a fun time of year for some women. According to Dan Michaels, DPM, two of the most common types of pain women feel in their feet during the transition from open-toed shoes to enclosed shoes or high heels come from bunions or hammertoes. A common myth is that tight-fitting or narrow shoes cause bunions, but since it is a condition passed down through genetics, enclosed shoes-like the shoes women wear in the fall-can make the condition worse and cause pain.
Hammertoes can also be a cause for autumn foot pain for women. “A hammertoe is a “˜bending’ or contracture deformity of one or both joints of a toe, Dr. Michaels says. “The abnormal bending puts pressure on the toe when wearing shoes and causes problems to develop-which can start mildly and progressively worsen over time.”