If you have been looking at ways to relieve your aching feet, then surely at some point it becomes clear that getting to the source of your foot pain is just as important, and likely to be key to getting rid of that pain. Here, we’re going to look at some of the sources of mystery foot pain that you have been feeling lately, and what you can do about it.
Amongst the most prevalent cases of foot pain, plantar fasciitis happens when the plantar fascia, tissue spanning the bottom of the foot, becomes irritated. This is usually because it’s part of the foot that absorbs the most shock and sprain when we walk, run, or play sports. This leads to inflammation, causing pain and swelling, and is particularly common in people just starting to exercise. Most treatment is nonsurgical, requiring resting off of the foot and stretching. Another treatment option available for foot pain is insoles for plantar fasciitis.
One of the more common foot issues that can be especially prevalent in those who walk regularly (without the right foot support) or are overweight or obese, this can feel like a hard bump under the skin, with pain, pressure, and some feeling of it rubbing against other bones or tissues in the area. An osteophyte foot formation can restrict movement and get worse over time, as well. Usually, wearing better foot support and stretching to improve the range of motion can treat these discomfort, but bone spurs don’t go away on their own. However, you can get surgery if they start to become severely disruptive.
As we get older, we become a lot more susceptible to arthritis, which can lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling that can get worse with exercise. Some people are more prone to arthritis due to family history while being overweight or obese can also increase the likelihood of it. Changes such as weight loss and exercise, as well as physical therapy, can help. There are also custom orthotics that people can wear in their shoes to reduce the strain that leads to the inflammation of spots affected by arthritis, as well.
Could it be broken?
If the pain has come after a fall, collision with an object, or any other kind of accident, then there is a good chance that the foot itself or the toe is broken. A lot of people can walk around on a broken toe or foot, not realizing how serious the injury is until the pain becomes much worse. If there is bruising tenderness, swelling, and pain, then you should treat the foot as broken. Even if it’s just a sprain, it’s much more sensible to be cautious and to spend as much time off the foot as possible until you can see the doctor.
If you cannot find and treat the sources of foot pain, you have to decide when you’re willing to see the doctor about it. What might be a little annoyance right now can become a debilitating injury if you’re not careful