Written by Benjamin Lee - Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Consultant - February 06, 2023
Menopause is a time of life when there are dramatic physical and psychological changes experienced by many women. These changes can affect the entire body, including the feet. Common issues women experience during menopause include swelling, arthritis, weak muscles, poor circulation, and increased risk for damage from plantar fasciitis and other foot-related problems.
Mild to extreme swelling in one or both feet is a common symptom of menopause. This is due to the hormonal shifts that occur during this transition period and can be extremely uncomfortable. If you are experiencing swelling along with other symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia it could be a sign that you are entering menopausal stages.
Arthritis affects many people as they age and during menopause this condition becomes more prevalent for some women. Osteoarthritis may cause pain in the joints of your toes, soles of your feet or heals as well as difficulty walking and stiffness throughout the day. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms—the sooner the better!
Throughout menopause muscle weakness is often experienced which can make standing or walking difficult. Women will start to feel fatigued after only a few minutes on their feet due to lack of adequate muscle strength. Exercise can help build muscle strength (and reduce stress!) but should not be done without consulting with your physician first!
When hormones become unbalanced due to menopause poor circulation can result in the feet becoming cold most of the time even when wearing socks and shoes. If this happens it’s important to see a doctor so you can get checked out for any underlying issues that may be causing this problem such pulse checks or checking blood pressure levels.
Due to weakened muscles women going through menopause tend to have an increased risk for foot injuries such as plantar fasciitis—which causes inflammation in the connective tissue in the bottom part of your foot resulting from excessive motion over time). Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen might work but it’s always best practice to check with your doctor first before taking anything new! Wearing supportive footwear with good arch support also helps reduce these risks significantly!
Women going through menopause need specialized care focused on treating their specific needs. Hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) has been proven an effective treatment option for many symptoms associated with this phase of life such as hot flashes and night sweats however caution must be taken when considering HRT as potential side effects exist depending on how it’s administered (e.g., patch vs injection). Other treatments like massage therapy or acupuncture might help relieve some discomfort associated with swollen feet however again speaking with your doctor first is advised!
BHRT Pro Center offers personalized hormone replacement therapies tailored specifically for those entering menopausal stages ensuring accurate dosages that balance hormones naturally and aside from necessary blood tests there are no other invasive procedures required for BHRT Pro Center treatments making them safe and effective options for managing hormone imbalances associated with this phase of life. Plus BHRT Pro Center has 24/7 online customer service assistance so there's never been an easier way to ensure all questions are answered quickly whenever they arise!