Health: Foot complaints

Without much emphasis on it, many people suffer from foot problems, with women having more than twice as many foot complaints as men. Man or woman, the fact remains that your feet can literally and figuratively become a burden as you get older. But feet can also cause you problems at a young age. What are common complaints and what can you do about them?

The foot

The 26 legs, 33 joints, 19 muscles and bundles of nerves are actually extremely ingenious. Yet about 75% of all people will sooner or later experience problems with their feet and having Egyptian (big toe is largest toe) or Greek (second toe is largest toe) feet has nothing to do with this. It is true that humans are the only mammal that is continuously supported by their feet. Although shoes are supposed to protect the feet, taking approximately 8,000 steps per day and carrying two to three times your body weight with the feet per step can lead to problems.

Influence foot problems

Some people are born with foot problems, but most people develop problems over the years. Age plays an important role here and the profession can also have a major influence, just think of the people who have standing professions. The reason why women have many more problems with their feet is due to shoes that are too narrow and wearing high heels for long periods of time. Although the woman does not notice much of this at a young age, this often manifests itself as the woman gets older. In addition, there are relatively many women who develop problems with their feet due to gaining weight during pregnancy. Feet and ankles swell and muscle tissue relaxes as certain hormones increase.


Yet age is the biggest cause of complaints. As you get older, your feet spread out more and it is not without reason that your shoe size can change as you get older. The fat pads under the heel and the ball of the foot become thinner. Furthermore, blood circulation sometimes causes problems in aging people. It goes without saying that an obese person can also develop more problems with their feet over time. The feet have to carry proportionately much more and therefore wear out faster. The skin becomes drier on the outside and friction can cause blemish marks. Furthermore, osteoarthritis or diabetes can lead to problems with the feet.


Then sports also come into the picture, because they often start at a young age. Exercise is extremely healthy, but it also causes a huge number of injuries. Sports such as running and dancing are the trendsetters, but weekend athletes also regularly visit the emergency room. Arms, knees and feet often come to the doctor’s attention. Many athletes are not trained enough and that leads to injuries more quickly, especially as we always think we can do more than practice shows. Feet are regularly affected by this.

Weak parts of the foot

The question is whether you should call it a weak part, but the ball of the foot often causes problems. More so among women and that has to do with the feminine heeled shoe. You then walk more on your forefoot (you actually put your entire body weight on this part of the foot) and that can cause extra calluses, a burning sensation and your metatarsal bones, as it were, sag a little more.

Furthermore, the ankles are often seen as a weaker part, but this has to do with the attachment of the leg to the foot. During many sports, but also just walking (for example on an uneven surface), you can sprain and your ankle, as it were, folds.

What can you do about it?

For some foot injuries, the physiotherapist comes into the picture, but the pedologist can also be called in and sometimes rest is the only solution to a foot problem. Discuss this with your doctor, because resting the foot for a day can sometimes be the solution, but unfortunately not always. Foot reflexology can play an excellent role in massage, but more importantly, if you look at the feet as a mirror of the body (which is the starting point of foot reflexology), you may be able to derive other things from your complaints. The problem is tackled via a step-by-step plan and the feet are also massaged.


If you have sagging feet, you can no longer get your feet back into their original position. Arch supports can help. These, as it were, put your foot in the ideal position. It is also important that you wear the right shoes. Have your foot measured carefully (length and width) and choose a shoe that provides support. There are so many fashionable shoes nowadays, you don’t have to leave it alone.


If you want to wear high heels, alternate them regularly with low heels or walk barefoot in the house. This is not applied enough. If you know you have to walk a long way, don’t be stubborn and wear low shoes. Other tricks are the wedge heels and platform soles. The wedge heel provides slightly more support to the foot if the heel is high. The platform sole does not allow you to walk so much on the ball of your foot, because you walk higher, but with your whole foot.

To play sports

Even with the best shoes you can still get injured, but you reduce the risk. The well-known brands all have their own specific something that makes the sole springy and this absorbs some of the impact that your body makes on your foot with every step. Choose in the sports store what you find pleasant, this is very personal and you will receive good advice.


Caring for your feet goes beyond simply keeping them clean. Occasionally put your feet in a special foot bath with, for example, an effervescent tablet (this can also be done while you are sitting at the table doing something). Give your feet that little bit extra. After the bath, dry thoroughly, remove any calluses, cut nails straight and then rub the feet with a cream. Massage the foot well or give it a nice massage. Do this regularly as something extra for the feet. Be careful with them, they should carry you for a lifetime.