Middle-age women often wish to be swept off their feet – but the reason may be due to foot pain instead of romance. Your feet change because of decades of standing and moving, which puts pressure on the feet’s 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 120 muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. A 2012 study found that nearly 80% of adults over the age of 21 have experienced at least one problem with their feet. Seventeen percent of respondents over the age of 50 only rated their foot health as fair. A woman with a larger body mass index – which is often seen during menopause -- is more at risk for this discomfort.