The Reasons Why Your Feet Hurt and How to Manage It

  • The feet are prone to pain and injury because they support and carry our body weight as well as the strain of many of the activities we perform daily.
  • Foot pain can be caused by too much strain put on the feet (prolonged exercise), irritation or compression of the muscles and tissues of your feet.
  • Physical therapy, stretching, and engaging in certain exercises are the main modes of treatment for foot pain.

Our feet handle a lot of strain every day. They carry our body weight, 1.5 times of it when we walk or run. Imagine the strain on them when we exercise-  just one hour of strenuous physical activity can cushion almost a million pounds of pressure. Other than that, our feet are composed of numerous structures made of dozens of bones, joints, and ligaments. It’s no wonder that this part of our body can be prone to pain and injury, not just when you wear a pair of heels.

The following are the 5 most typical causes of foot pain.

Plantar Fasciitis

It is one of the most common causes of foot pain that results from the irritation of a band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of your feet. Usually, this kind of foot pain happens the morning after some strenuous exercise. This pain is the kind that typically affects the inner part of the heel, across the bottom of your foot.

Metatarsalgia

A painful condition when the metatarsals or the area just before your toes become swollen. This is usually caused when a prolonged increased stress load is put on your metatarsals, usually with a lot of running and jumping.

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

A condition that involves the posterior tibialis tendon which runs down the inner lower leg to the foot and supports the foots natural arch. Irritation of this muscle can result in pain, restrict your ability to walk, or cause flatfoot.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

It involves the main nerve that goes to the foot being compressed by bone or tissue. A burning, shooting, or tingling kind of pain is usually experienced on the inside of the foot. This is actually the foot version of the more commonly known hand condition called “carpal tunnel syndrome.”

Turf Toe

A sprain affecting the base of your big toe and is usually experienced when walking or running. This happens when you bend this toe beyond its normal range of motion, tearing supporting ligaments.

Stretching and certain exercises can help alleviate the pain for all these conditions. The ice bottle massage — placing a round glass bottle on the floor and stepping down on it while rolling it forward and back on your foot, is a good way to manage the swelling.

Consulting with a physical therapist is the main way to get the best way to treat the symptoms of foot pain. Some orthotics like braces and foot pads are recommended as well.

 

Source: Very Well Health


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