Find out why your feet hurt
Different Kinds of Foot Pain
Feet are your body’s foundation, they bear your weight when you are doing almost all kinds of activities such as standing, walking, and running. But because of this, foot pain is common. Any pain or discomfort in the toes, heels, arches, and soles is considered foot pain. The pain can range from slight to severe; some can occur and recover in a short time, but some develop into chronic diseases. To receive the right treatment, the first thing you need to know is the correct location of your pain.
You may develop plantar fasciitis if the pain is in your heel. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tough tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. This kind of pain usually occurs in the heel and bottom of the foot and is most serious in the first steps of the day or after a long period of rest.
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A heel Spurt is an abnormal bone growth on the underside of your heel bone. Causes for heel spurt include wearing poor-fitting shoes or incorrect walking posture. The pain can come from stress and inflammation of the tissue pulling on the bone and occurs when you are standing or walking.
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Flat feet happen when the arches of the feet collapse/ flatten out, thus causing pain and other issues. When people with flat feet stand up, the entire sole touches the floor. Some with flat feet have no symptoms, but some may experience pain specifically in the arch area. Treatments for flat feet include arch supports for the shoes.
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A Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that can cause severe pain in the toes. Pain occurs when too many urate crystals accumulate in the joint, leading to inflammation and intense pain. In this situation, the big toe is often affected.
Bunion occurs when some of your bones move out of the place. The big toe bends towards the other toes and the joint becomes painful and red. Bunions usually develop slowly, causes for bunion include wearing overly tight shoes such as high heels and heredity.
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Ball of Foot Pain
When you develop Metatarsalgia, the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. Involving in running and jumping activities may put you at risk of developing metatarsalgia. The pain can be either sharp, a dull ache, or a burning feeling.
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Risk Factors for Foot Pain
- Occupation - Job-related foot injuries happen every year, mostly because of repetitive use.
- Sports - People who engage in high-impact sports activities are more likely to develop food pain.
- Age - Elderly people are at comparatively high risk for foot issues, with advancing age, their feet become widened and flattened, and the fat padding on the sole wears down, causing several foot problems.
- Overweight - Exceed body weight may put more stress on the foot.
- Gender - Women are more likely to develop foot pain, this may be related to wearing high-heeled shoes. In addition, pregnant women are also at higher risk because of weight gain.
- Smoking - Smoking slows down healing, which makes it harder to recover from foot pain.
Home Remedies to Ease Foot Pain
1. Do some stretches
Stretching exercises help improve your aching feet. These exercises can keep you from cramping and increase flexibility:
- Flex your toes, point them, and then curl them for 10-15 seconds. Repeat five times per day.
- Warm up your feet by extending your legs. Point your toes toward your body and away from it.
- Move your ankles in a circle in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions for 30 seconds.
Did you know that even shoes have a particular lifespan? Wearing shoes beyond their life span, the wrong style of shoe, or an incorrect shoe size can cause foot pain.
- Sneakers may be worn out after you reach 400 miles and no longer provide the support you need.
- Your feet size can change during your lifetime even when you’re an adult.
- High heels that don't have proper arches or support can harm your feet.
Keep those notes in mind and when you have aching feet, consider switching to a different pair of shoes that fit your feet properly.
Massaging your own feet can improve circulation. Pull apart and bend your toes to massage them. Using lotion can help lubricate your skin, making it easier to massage the foot.
The copper-infused recovery foot sleeves are also extremely effective in circulation throughout your feet, spreading vital nutrients to damaged veins and tissues. It also keeps you stabilized during training by placing consistent pressure on the arches, ankles, and heels.
4. Utilize arch support
Arch supports or orthotics can stabilize your feet while standing or walking, thus reducing pain.
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The arch support can reduce muscle strain and redistribute pressure across your feet. These sleek and comfortable bands can easily be worn throughout the day under shoes, socks, or even sandals. In addition, the ultra-thin supports not only soothe your feet but also prevent further damage such as collapsed arches.
5. Wear functional socks
The targeted compression and support for the arch and ankle will keep you going farther and faster. The PowerKnit High Sock is ideal for sports, running, hiking, or hitting the gym, the 15-20 mmHg compression warms muscles, increases blood flow, and speeds recovery time. It reduces foot pain and prevents swelling, relieves symptoms from chronic conditions, and improves athletic performance.
Addressing foot pain while sleeping is also feasible. Night socks can securely immobilize your feet so you won’t sleep at a poor angle.
The Plantar Fasciitis Night Sock gently draws your foot forward and provides a constant stretch along your plantar fascia, achilleas tendon, and calf muscles. The orthopedic support ensures your feet are in a locked position while sleeping. The sock design comes with an adjustable trap so that you are able to choose the right position and angle of your foot.
When To See a Doctor?
If you have a more serious condition that at-home remedies couldn’t effectively reduce the pain, you should see a doctor.
Contact professional medical help if you:
- Have increasing swelling or pain in the injured area.
- Can not walk normally on your feet.
- Find any signs of infection such as redness.
- Feel you have broken bones in your foot.