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Oh My Aching Feet! Plantar Fasciitis during Menopause.

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Aching feet during menopauseAre my aching feet from plantar fasciitis? Is this related to menopause like hot flashes and night sweats?

As soon as your feet hit the floor, pain radiates through them. Walking to the coffee pot and then the shower is pure torture. Thankfully, by the time you leave for work, it’s usually better. But discouragingly, it can return if you have to stand too long or when you get up from your chair after sitting for extended periods of time.

If hot flashes and night sweats weren’t bad enough, could your aching feet also be related to menopause?

What is Plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel to your toes. It acts as your body’s shock absorber. When it becomes inflamed, it can cause pain and what is known as plantar fasciitis. Generally, it only causes pain first thing in the morning and subsides once your feet limber up. It can act up again, however, if your stand or sit too long.

Non-menopause related risk factors include: obesity, age, a job that has you standing more than sitting, non-supportive or poor-fitting footwear (including those adorable, "had-to-have-them" high heels), exercises that stress your feet like running or dancing, and anatomy issues including a high arch or tight calf muscles. And then there’s menopause.

Is menopause the cause of your plantar fasciitis?

Yes, women in menopause are more apt to experience heel pain. Decreasing estrogen levels can affect the thin layer of fat on the bottom of your foot. It can affect dehydration levels, too. You may also gain some weight with all the changes of menopause. If you develop osteoporosis during menopause that affects your feet, you could be at greater risk for plantar fasciitis. All of those can leave you with aching feet.

Diagnosis is based on symptoms

There's really no definitive test for diagnosing this condition. Instead, your doctor will want to know answers to a series of questions.
  • When do you feel the pain?
  • How long does the pain last?
  • Does the pain occur every day or only with certain activities?
  • What types of shoes are you wearing?
  • Do you have osteoporosis or other health issues?
  • What medications and supplements are you taking?

Keeping a symptom diary is a good way to keep track of the details. You then have notes you can share with your doctor.

Treatment can depend on your symptoms and the extent of your pain

FOOTWEAR: Your doctor may recommend getting fitted for proper footwear or a specially made support for your shoes.

PHYSICAL THERAPY: PT and wearing night time splints can be helpful.

ESTROGEN: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one option for treating underlying estrogen issues that could be causing your heel pain.

LIFESTYLE: You can make lifestyles changes, including eating well, losing some weight, and drinking plenty of water.

MEDICAL INTERVENTION: In some cases, steroid shots or surgery may be necessary, so it is important to treat plantar faciitis as soon as possible to prevent the need for more drastic measures.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

05-13-2016 - 01:03 PM


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