The physiotherapist says…

I am a physiotherapist and I specialise in foot health, mainly in children but also in adults. I am fascinated as to the extent feet and their well-being impact on the whole of our body. I am passionate about exploring ways to promote healthy feet and support of their function.

 

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Guide to Foot Pain: Part 1

Foot pain is something that can happen in nearly any part of the foot ranging from the very back of your heel to the front of your toes, on the top or bottom of your feet or on either side. Sometimes this pain can be temporary and mild, while other times this pain is chronic and will persist throughout your life. Our feet are the most important key to our mobility, making it important that we do our best to keep them healthy and pain free. Even so, many people have experienced painful feet at some point during their lives, including:

  • Before or after an activity but does not affect your performance
  • During an activity
  • Before, during or after an activity, affecting your performance
  • Pain that prevents any performance altogether

Some Symptoms of Foot Pain That May Need to Be Checked Out By a Doctor:

  • Bruising
  • Change in the way that you walk to avoid pain, such as a limp
  • Change in your nail or skin color
  • Fever that accompanies the pain
  • Loss of function
  • Numbness in the foot
  • Pain that increases during mobility and decreases when at rest
  • Pain when the foot is touched
  • Stiffness of the foot
  • Swelling
  • Weakness in the foot

What Can Cause Foot pain?

There are various reasons why one might experience foot pain, including:

  • Bone Spurs
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetes
  • Flat feet
  • Gout
  • Hammertoe or mallet toe
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Injury
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse of the feet
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar warts
  • Poor posture
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shoes that don’t fit
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Whatever the cause of the pain, these conditions can often be relieved to some degree by performing toe-stretching exercises. Wearing foot alignment socks can also ease these symptoms, especially when caused by issues such as plantar fasciitis or hammertoe, as they work to realign the foot into its correct position by stretching and straightening out the toes to take away the stress misaligned toes place on the tissues and bones.

Get relief by looking into a pair of these incredibly helpful socks and be sure to practice your foot exercises recommended by your doctor.

 

Originally posted on My-HappyFeet.com