Foot Pain: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Foot pain can present itself in several different forms due to a variety of circumstances, and unfortunately, many people will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. From general overuse to long-term injury, foot pain can be very limiting and quickly affect our day-to-day lives.
Sore feet can stem from many possible causes. Comprised of twenty-six bones and more than thirty joints, the foot is an intricate part of the body and the foundation of movement. We rely on our feet everyday to help us move from place to place and carry our body weight. Due to its structural complexity, when pain is present in the feet, the root cause may be difficult to detect. It can stem from a disease within the body or a problem within the foot itself.
Inflammation involving any of the foot’s bones, tendons, or ligaments can result in foot pain. But what can cause this inflammation? Foot aches may be caused by a variety of things including deformities, diseases, overuse, injury, and improper footwear.
Here are some common culprits of foot soreness:
- Deformities – Mild deformities such as bunions, misshaped toes, bone spurs, and other common foot irregularities may cause discomfort and lead to ongoing issues.
- Diseases – Fungi, viruses, and bacteria can lead to irritations and pain within the foot.
- Injury – Repetitive activities that cause pressure or strain on your feet can create many issues that trigger pain in the area.
- Improper footwear – Wearing the wrong kind of shoes for specific activities can cause damage to your feet. Shoes that are too tight may lead to bruising and tenderness. High heels can trigger pain in the forefoot. Improper footwear leaves your feet unprotected and the results can be long lasting.
Symptoms of painful feet vary in location and sensation, but will depend on the cause of the pain. Pain from the foot can be felt in the heel, arch, on top of the foot and in the bottom padding. Additional symptoms can include:
- Limited mobility
- Shooting or stabbing pain
- Inability to stand straight
A variety of self-care solutions are available to heal foot injuries. These treatments typically work best when you pair temporary pain management with long-term preventative solutions such as wearing proper footwear and regular exercise.
Healthy feet are an integral part of a healthy life. Here are some self-care solutions you can try at home to eliminate or mitigate foot injuries:
● Rest and elevation to the affected foot
● Applying a cold compact directly to the affected area
- Over the counter pain relievers
- Reduce activity until you start to feel better
Relax The Back is a leading expert in spinal-health products and wellness solutions. We offer an array of products that can help alleviate and prevent foot pain. Some options for preventing sore and injured feet and supporting spinal-health include:
- Foot massagers: At the end of a long day, foot massagers can provide a lot of soothing relief to aching feet. We offer several models that use advanced technology to hone in on specific areas. Relax The Back foot massagers can help to improve circulation and mitigate injuries. Foot massagers are a convenient way to care for your sore feet at home or work. Benefit from a relaxing foot massage while sitting working or relaxing at home.
- Padded Footrest: Designed to reduce pressure on your feet, a padded footrest can help alleviate tired feet and improve circulation. With a Relax The Back padded footrest you can give your feet the relief they deserve. Padded footrests make a great addition to your ergonomic desk setup. Set up your footrest underneath your workspace and relieve pain while seated.
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