A surprisingly large number of people suffer from foot pain. It is one the most common pain related injuries today. Why? Because individuals put a lot of stress on their feet everyday. Simply standing can cause foot pain. Anyone that is athletic often suffers from foot pain because of frequent over use. Many diseases are linked to foot problems. Therefore, it is important that anyone with foot pain understand this common type of pain and do their part to prevent it or at least protect their feet in the event of injury. Here are some things that will be helpful to understand when it comes to foot problems.
Where It Starts And What It Feels Like
Foot pain can be particularly vexing because there are so many bones and tendons that make up the foot. People often have pain in one area of the foot that might actually be coming from somewhere else. Foot pain can be on the top or bottom of the foot, on one side or the other, or all over.
It can also be very localized to one toe or a small area, and it can spread upward into the ankle and leg. Finding the cause for it is important, but sometimes the cause of the pain is relatively obvious and the foot pain can be treated quickly based on what caused it to occur.
List Of Common Causes And Conditions of Foot Pain
There are a lot of different things that can cause foot pain, but some are much more common than others. It is important to understand what is causing the foot pain, because it could be prevented. Here are some of the most common foot pain causes in most people.
• Bruises and weight issues – if a person is heavy-set and/or stands or walks most of the day, the feet can become sore just from the load that they're carrying and how much they're being used. Foot pain in the heels is most common with these kinds of people, but the ball of the foot and other areas can also start to hurt and become tender or swollen.
• Breaks, fractures, sprains, and strains – a broken toe from running into a table leg or a fractured bone in the foot because something heavy was dropped onto it can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Often people break a toe or fracture a bone in their foot and don't even realize that they've injured themselves that much. In time the pain eases and they go on with their lives, but it can be very uncomfortable for a while.
• Wearing the wrong shoes – especially for women who wear high heels all day, the wrong shoes can cause a lot of discomfort, most commonly in the ball of the foot, because high heels force most of the weight to that area. Even shoes without high heels can cause foot pain, though, if they don't have any support to them.
• Standing for long periods of time – this puts a lot of weight on the feet. Often the feet cannot take this much stress.
• Diabetes – individuals with diabetes are more at risk for foot problems because they suffer from nerve and skin problems. Therefore, they commonly are linked to foot pain and are often advised to check their feet daily.
• Arthritis – pain in the joints can lead to common foot problems. For many people this occurs in the toes. It causes a severe pain and makes it hard to walk.
• Weight – Individuals that are overweight carry excess weight that puts more pressure on their feet. This puts them more at risk for the development of foot pain.
• Age – As individuals age, their feet age and they begin to develop conditions that could relate to foot problems. Many times their feet become flat and the fat pad on the bottom of their foot decreases in size. This means the do not have the same amount of protection on their feet as a they once did.
• Plantar Fasciitis – this is the most common cause of foot pain. It causes heel pain. Individuals that suffer from plantar fasciitis experience stress on the plantar fascia – the tissue that lines the bottom of their feet. When the plantar fascia becomes stressed or inflamed, it often pulls on the heel causing heel pain.
List Of Common Treatment Options for Foot Pain
With foot pain, the problem is usually not severe. If the cause of the foot pain is a common one, there are some easy and simple treatment options that you can use in order to feel better. However, without treatment, foot pain could get worse and make normal, everyday functions difficult.
• Getting off your feet more often is a great way to feel better. For people who must walk or stand for long periods of time – especially people who are more heavy-set – good, comfortable shoes are needed. These can cost a little more than other shoes, but they're well worth it.
• For breaks and fractures, it is best to consult a doctor. However, there's very little that can be done for a broken toe. Many people just tape it to the toe next to it to help keep it immobile. If the fracture or break is in the foot itself, a cast or heavy wrap may be necessary to protect the bones and allow them to heal.
• Buying different shoes can be a good thing to try if high heels or other uncomfortable shoes seem to be the main cause of the problem. It won't help everyone, but better shoes or cushioned shoe inserts can make a difference in foot pain for a lot of people.
• Inserts for the shoes could provide proper support to relieve the pain in the foot. This particularly for many people that are experiencing cases of plantar fasciitis.
• Surgery, laser therapy, and ultrasounds are popular when foot pain becomes unmanageable.
There are many natural remedies for treating foot pain. Natural or home remedies are a popular option because most people do not want to have surgery to fix their foot issues. Here are some effective options:
• Herbal remedies are a great option to decrease foot pain. Many individuals that suffer from plantar fasciitis use herbal remedies. Try using hot linseed oil packs. Heat it up and saturate a cloth in the pack. Applying the cloth to the pain on the foot will help decrease pain.
• Arnica and chamomile in the bath will help decrease the foot pain. Both herbs are thought to be extremely healing.
• Supplements are beneficial to help with foot pain. There are a variety of different supplements that are beneficial. These include, calcium, magnesium, whole leaf, cold processed aloe vera juice, glucosamine sulfate, shark cartilage, bromelain, evening, primrose oil, and kelp.
• Yoga is also very beneficial for foot pain because it helps stretch out the pain. Certain stretches can be done at home or in a class.
• Ice massages on the feet are also beneficial and help massage the feet and reduce inflammation.
When To See A Doctor for Foot Pain
Sometimes foot pain is something that is common and happens because of everyday life. However, there are other occasions where foot pain is out of the ordinary and seeing a doctor is important. If a doctor is not seen, the pain could get worse. These are some important guidelines to help you evaluate your foot pain and determine whether or not you need to visit a podiatrist.
• Has walking become extremely uncomfortable and almost impossible? Then, seeing a doctor is important.
• It is important to see a doctor if the activity level you are used to cannot be performed the same. Continuing to be active could only make the problem worse.
• See the doctor if rest did not make the foot pain go away.
• See the doctor if there is an exposed bone on the foot or tendon.
• See the doctor if pain in the foot is severe and the foot begins to swell.
• Diabetes patients should call the doctor right away if they experience a cut or sore on their foot that is red, swollen, warm to the touch, or oozing pus.
• Diabetes patients should also call their doctor asap if they have a wound on their foot that is not healing.
• Visits to the office should be scheduled if the swelling does not go down after three days.
• Schedule a visit with the doctor if there are signs of infection, including redness, warmth, tenderness, or a fever over 100 degrees farenheit.
• Visit the doctor if the ankle begins to swell, becomes stiff, and the pain becomes worse in the morning.
• See the doctor for burning or numbness and tingling in the feet.
Managing Foot Pain
Much of managing foot pain will involve self care. This includes protecting the foot. In addition, you will need to rest. Ice is also important to decrease inflammation. Compression and elevation are great as well. Lastly, listen to the advice of the doctor shoudl you choose to see one. Whatever he or she recommends should be implemented in order to heal faster from the foot pain.
I regularly add more detailed strategies I use to combat living with pain. Managing pain is more than one page of advice. I hope my strategies for managing my pain will help you too.