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 2)

Continuing our Guide to Foot Pain

While injury and general activity such as excessive walking or playing sports can cause foot pain, sometimes it can be linked to medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or poor blood circulation. Whatever the cause, you may consider seeing your doctor for the following if you have any of the following foot conditions:

  • Being unable to feel hot or cold sensations
  • Changes in the nail or skin color
  • Foot cannot be touched without tenderness or pain
  • Foot starts to look misshapen or deformed
  • Limping
  • Pain area gets hot
  • Pain gets worse when you move
  • Pain that interferes with normal activities
  • Performing desired activities is impossible without pain
  • Severe swelling

Alleviating Your Foot Pain

There are a few things you could try to help with the pain in addition to visiting a doctor. First, you should try foot alignment socks. These socks create a gentle, almost massage like stretch to your toes, opening up the circulation throughout your foot including your toes and heels where they need it most. These socks also help to realign your toes towards a more natural position as this is a common issue for those with foot pain. Plantar fasciitis and hammertoes are two common problems with foot pain and can be alleviated with these socks.

You may also try the RICE method, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, to lessen the pain. Use the following tips alongside any instructions or medication given to you by your physician. These include:

  • Change your footwear
  • Limit activities involving walking or running
  • Stretch the foot muscles
  • Wear shoe inserts

Ways to Prevent Foot Pain

  • Don’t engage in painful activities until you have gotten treatment
  • Rest when you need to
  • Treat any underlying problems like arthritis, gout or diabetes
  • Wear foot alignment socks while relaxing. Start wearing your socks a little at a time and progress to several hours or even overnight to coax your feet back into their rightful positions
  • Wear properly sized shoes that have adequate room for you toes

There are ways to aid in the relief of your foot pain, and many of them, such as exercises or wearing foot alignment socks, can be done at home. You should still seek a doctor’s diagnosis if your foot pain becomes debilitating. Don’t let the pain stop you from doing the things you love for too long!

Originally posted on MyHappy-Feet.com

 

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