If you’ve ever been bothered by foot pain, you have plenty of company.
In fact, doctors estimate that seven out of 10 people will be troubled by such pain at some point in their lives.
But if you were to ask each of these people to describe their foot pain.
Yes, would probably get seven different stories.
Your feet work like a fine-tuned orchestra and when something goes amiss.
You are certain to feel it.
An out of the ordinary sensation is a signal to stop and pay attention to what’s happening with your feet.
Here are the most common types of foot pain:
1. Muscle or tendon pain.
Aching or sore feet and leg muscles may occur in response to overexertion or prolonged physical or emotional stress.
The foot muscles may develop hard knots that are tender to the touch, sometimes called trigger points.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the bands of tissue that connect your heel to your toes.
Symptoms include pain in the bottom of your foot — at the front or center of the heel bone.
You might notice that it’s worse in the morning when you first wake up (“first-step pain”).
And it may happen when you’re standing after having sat for a long time.
People who have flat feet or a very high arch, often wear high-heeled shoes , or have tight Achilles tendons, or “heel cords” are more prone to this condition.
2. Muscle spasm.
This is a sudden, powerful tightening of the mid-foot or toe muscles.
Your foot may hurt and seize up, even while your sleep.
It’s likely to be a muscle spasm.
Muscle spasm can result from a muscle injury, but it may also occur in response to a nerve problem, or even emotional stress.
Cramps can have various triggers, but overuse, dehydration, and mineral deficiencies (particularly, potassium, calcium, and magnesium) are some of the most common culprits, however, there is often no clear cause.
Dull aching or sharp pain across the bottom of the foot is usually caused by plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that spans the sole of the foot and provides shock absorption while walking.
The pain of plantar fasciitis is generally worse when a person first steps out of their bed in the morning, and it usually improves with movement, although a dull pain often persists.
4. Joint pain.
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. It can cause pain and stiffness and is common in the small joints of the foot and ankle.
Arthritis may feel worse in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
Another condition is Gout, which is a general term for a variety of conditions caused by a buildup of uric acid.
If you have gout, you’ll probably feel swelling and pain in the joints of your foot, particularly your big toe.
5. Nerve pain.
Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet.
It can also affect other areas of your body.
Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins.
In addition, Diabetes can cause long-term problems. High blood sugar can cause diabetic neuropathy, which damages the nerves that send signals from your hands and feet.
6. Referred pain.
Referred pain is pain in one part of the body that is triggered by a problem in another part of the body.For example, foot pain that worsens with exertion may indicate a knee or hip problem, or even a dysfunction of a branch of the sciatic nerve that can cause tingling and pain at the top of the foot, along with weakness of the foot or lower leg.
7. Bone pain.
Bone pain usually needs medical attention because it may signal a stress fracture or even break.
Painful heels may signal a heel spur,
Which is a condition where a calcium deposit grows between the heel and arch of the foot.
Also, Metatarsalgia presents as sharp pain in the area of the ball of the foot>
Which is given its shape by the rounded ends of the metatarsal bones.
The pain can feel like a person is stepping on a stone and is usually eased by sitting down and worsened by walking barefoot.
Ron Heinlein | President/Founder | Cell # 909-215-1622 | email@example.com
I have been in the footwear business for over 50 years and been trained by the best in the Therapeutic/Orthopedic world.
DTFootwear.com Designer Therapeutic Footwear Co.
Follow Us:| Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn