Tips For Keeping Your Feet Pain-Free
So we’ve come up with the most useful foot care tips to help relieve your foot pain and prevent it from developing in the first place.
Common Causes Of Foot Pain
Before we share our tips on managing your foot pain or injury, it’s crucial to know and identify what causes your foot pain to treat and manage it accordingly. A licensed podiatrist can tell you what is going on in your feet and what is causing the pain, but to give you a basic understanding of the causes of foot pain, we’ve rounded up a list of the most common foot conditions.
Achilles Tendonitis: One common cause of foot pain is Achilles tendonitis, which occurs when the Achille’s tendon is overworked. The Achilles tendon is the fibrous tissue band that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is characterized by pain at the back of your leg or above your heel after physical activity. The aching may become more severe the longer you exercise. Achilles tendonitis can also cause stiffness or tenderness, or both, especially in the morning.
Bunions: These painful bony bumps form inside the foot, on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions are the result of your big toe pushing against the toe next to it, causing the big toe joint to stick out and grow bigger. A structural defect, a medical condition such as arthritis, stress on your foot, or wearing tight and narrow shoes can cause bunions. The symptoms include a bump sticking out on the outside of your big toe, or intermittent pain, swelling, redness, or tenderness around your big toe joint.
Metatarsalgia: Metatarsalgia refers to the inflammation and pain in the balls of your foot. This condition has several causations, including wearing shoes that are either too tight or too loose or a foot deformity. Metatarsalgia may present itself with sharp, aching, or burning pain in the ball of your foot that worsens when you stand, run or walk, or numbness or tingling in your toes.
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain, stems from inflammation of your plantar fascia, the tissue band that connects your heel bone to your toes. Your plantar fascia may be inflamed when stretched too much, causing stress on the tissue that may result in tiny tears on the surface of the plantar fascia. The tears are what inflammation that comes with pain and discomfort.
Stress Fractures: The tiny cracks in the bone that results from repetitive force and overuse are called stress fractures. People with osteoporosis are at a higher risk for developing stress fractures because of their weakened bones. A stress fracture commonly occurs in the bones of the feet and can cause tenderness and pain. Wearing ill-fitting and unsupportive footwear can increase your risk of developing stress fractures, which can worsen if physical activity continues.
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Pay Attention to Your Feet
One of the fundamental steps in having pain-free feet is caring for your feet every day. While this might seem simple enough, life can get busy, and it can be easy to skip a proper foot care routine. Below are some foot care tips that can improve your foot health and prevent and reduce foot pain.
Trim your toenails. Keeping your toenails trimmed is essential in preventing ingrown toenails and irritation from contact with your shoes. You get ingrown toenails when the edge of your nail grows in the skin around your toe, resulting in redness, irritation, tenderness, and pain. To prevent this, regularly trim your toenails.
Always check inside your shoes. Always run your hand through your shoe before putting it on to check for rocks, plant pieces, or rough seams to avoid irritation or discomfort.
Keep your feet clean. Keeping your feet clean prevents bacterial or fungal infections from developing. Make sure to wash your feet with warm water and soap every day.
Perform a feet check-up every day. Examine your feet each day to check and treat any cuts, sores, blisters, cracked heels, or dry skin. Small foot problems left untreated can become severe quickly, so adding this simple step to your foot care routine to catch issues early.
Moisturize. Moisturized feet are healthy feet, so keep your tootsies moisturized by rubbing lotion into them every day. Cracked and dry feet are more susceptible to developing infections.
Always wear socks with shoes. We’ve all worn our shoes without socks. However, ditching the socks can cause friction between your feet and shoes and result in blisters and sores. Protect your feet by always wearing a pair of socks.
Pay Attention to Your Feet
As mentioned above, the common causes of foot pain arise from muscles being overused and becoming too tight, which results in inflammation. Prevent this from happening by performing these daily stretches that target your feet and calves:
Achilles stretch. Stretch your Achilles tendon by leaning against a wall and placing your palms flat on the wall. Put one foot forward and one foot back. Keeping your heels on the floor, bend your body forward until you feel a gentle pull in your Achilles tendon and calf. Hold the position for ten seconds, then stretch three more times before switching legs and repeating the stretch.
The arch stretch. Get a towel folded lengthwise or an exercise band. Sit on a chair then place the folded towel or exercise band under the arch of your foot. Pull the top of your foot gently towards you using the ends of the towel or exercise band. Hold the position for fifteen to thirty seconds and repeat it three times. Do the same on the other feet.
Wear Supportive Footwear That Fit Your Feet Well
You can prevent this by wearing footwear with built-in cushioning and supportive infrastructure that keep your feet supported and contoured. Also, wearing shoes that correctly fits your feet will eliminate several possible sources of foot pain. The best footwear should be not too tight and not too loose. Make sure to check your shoe size each year, and change shoes as needed as the size of your feet can change throughout your life.
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