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The Surprising Causes of Foot Pain and What You Can Do About It

a person with foot pain massaging a foot that's in painEach of your feet has 24 bones that form two crossing arches. Ligaments that hold the bones in your feet are held together and the foot muscles, along with a tissue known as plantar fascia, provide secondary support. There are also fat pads in your feet that help with both weight-bearing and absorbing impact. When you experience foot pain, it is an indication that something is wrong. How and when the pain occurs helps doctors determine the cause and severity of the problem.

What You Wear Can Cause Foot Pain

Injury, overuse, and several other conditions that lead to inflammation that involves any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause pain. Arthritis is also a common cause of foot pain. Peripheral neuropathy is an injury to the nerves of the feet which often results in intense burning pain, numbness, or tingling.  Trauma, as well as poor alignment, and the type of shoes worn can also cause foot pain and discomfort. This is because shoes that fit tight or are tied too snugly can cause pain on the top of the foot. High heels can cause pain around the ball of your foot which is just on your toes.

Foot Pain Solutions

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis you can try having a foot massage or stretching your feet and calves. Plantar fasciitis, also known as Policeman’s Heel, is a result of overuse that causes painful inflammation of the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and is a result of the force of your feet being approximately 20% more than your bodyweight. Stretches help to relieve foot pain caused by inflammation by making it so that a fresh supply of oxygenated blood rushes to the area. Massaging and stretching can also lengthen the muscles which help them to move more freely and with less pain. Also be sure that your shoes fit properly and do not put too much pressure on your feet as this can lead to painful hammertoes and/or bunions.

To avoid painful calluses, soak and moisturize your feet often. Should your foot pain be due to Achilles Tendonitis, which is pain near the heel bone in the back of your foot, you should rest your feet and ice the area until the pain stops. It can take up to a month. Additionally, you can take an over the counter pain medication, as well.  Finally, if you suffer from Morton’s Neuroma which causes pain in the ball of the foot, you may need new shoes. For medical assistance, contact Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM today!

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