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Posts for: May, 2017

You use your feet every day: getting to and from work, doing errands or chores, and essentially doing every other activity that isn't sleeping or sitting. It's a big deal when you have significant foot pain. Understanding the primary causes of foot pain, as well as ways to treat and prevent foot pain, is the best thing you can do to maximize your quality of life.

The following information will help you better understand the causes of foot pain, how to prevent it and how to treat it once it occurs:

Frequent causes of foot pain

The foot is one of the most complicated parts of your body, and about a quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet. This means there are numerous factors that could cause foot pain. Some of the most common include:

Bone spurs - These growths can occur on any of the bones in your feet or ankles. They can cause significant discomfort and pain if left untreated.

Corns and calluses – Overdevelopment of skin at pressure points that leads to pain on the bottom of the feet. Usually they are not a problem, but sometimes they build up pressure that leads to pain on the bottom of feet.

Warts, ingrown toenails and fungus - Due to the dark, cramped, moist and poorly ventilated conditions that feet are usually in most of the day, developing any of these conditions is unsurprising and common.

Tendinitis - Inflammation in the foot or ankle can lead to significant discomfort and pain. With dozens of tendons in your feet, the chances of one of them becoming inflamed at some point is somewhat high.

Broken bones - If you've broken a bone, you probably know it. Broken bones are extremely painful and require immediate medical assistance.

Typical treatments for foot pain

Foot pain is treated in various ways, depending on the type and severity of the condition. Bone spurs, corns, calluses, warts, fungus and ingrown toenails can be treated by removing them from the foot, oftentimes requiring local anesthesia. The problem is actually treated, versus simply being masked or covered up. However, the downside is it can be painful and lead to temporarily restricted movement, and individuals susceptible to these conditions are likely to get them again.

Conditions like tendinitis typically require a combination of strapping, physical therapy and medication.

Preventative measures for foot pain

Significantly reduce the risk of foot pain by taking preventative measures. These include keeping feet clean and moisturized, wearing socks and clean shoes, and regularly looking at your feet for cuts, sores and cracks. Stretches are another great way to minimize the risk of inflammation-related problems.

To learn more about treating and preventing foot pain, simply contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman.


Sources:

  • http://www.healthcommunities.com/foot-anatomy/foot-anatomy-overview.shtml
  • http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/where-it-hurts/foot-heel-and-toe-pain/foot-heel-and-toe-care/prevent-foot-problems.php