Before treating your foot pain, it is necessary to figure out what are the causes. Eliminating the pain without addressing the root of the problem is useless, the pain will return eventually. Pains range from mild annoyances to debilitating, sometimes the pain source is not resolvable – for example damaged nerves due to diabetes. But, you can still use some methods like reflexology and acupressure to slow the degeneration process and ease the discomfort.
Often, the reason for foot pain is really obvious. After spending ten straight hours working while standing on a solid concrete floor, it doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to deduce the reason of your agony. In order for foot treatment to have a longer effect, you should find a solution to deal with your conditions. People who suffer a broken toe should also immediately treat their condition – however, the pain will persist as the toe heals.
Sometimes the origin of your pain is a huge mystery. You may have foot pain after waking up and before you even get up from the bed. Or your feet never get better, despite long hours of foot bath? In these cases, it is necessary to proceed with caution as you see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. It is inadvisable to apply too much pressure which may further injure your already damaged tissues.
These are several everyday scenarios that typically cause foot discomfort:
The strain and tension of the daily grind: Many foot problems are attributed to years of wear and tear – if you put so many mile-hours on your feet, it bounds to take its toll. Certainly, there is no way to avoid putting some pressure on your feet – except if, you want to spend your whole life in bed. For many city dwellers especially in places where the traffic is awful and available parking spaces are as common as rain in the desert, walking considerable distances is easily an inevitable consequence of urban life. Then again, simply by standing still can be even worse than walking as it may exert continuous pressure a certain group of muscles, which may cause fatigue, damage and injuries. Additionally, if you standing still all day, your veins are weakened, causing fluid build up in your ankles. It is called edema and may increase joint stiffness. An acupressure treatment can stimulate lymph flow and venous return, which allow your feet to be free from pain and damages are repaired faster.
Fashionable yet agonizing shoes: Perhaps you abuse your feet as you subjecting them to conditions and tasks that they were never meant to endure. Pointy toes and stiletto heels, anyone? Those high heels are often criticized as the culprit of ankle problems, while other shoes, like clogs can also put intense strain on the ankles and feet. When you insist on suffering for the sake of style fashion, you will pay the price. Obviously, women are far more likely to experience foot problems than average men. In general, heels two inches high or more can change how a human normally walks, in fact heels over three inches may cause pressure seven times more intense than normal! Additionally, the small of your back can also be affected by the unnatural body positioning.
Bunions and corns: These annoying foot problems are common discomforts. They often appear due to changes in weight distribution due to the unnatural walk, but having corns can further cause misalignment and worsen pain in the joints and bones.
Hobbies and activities: Certain lifestyle habits are tough on your feet, especially if you do a lot of climbing or hiking, you’re subjecting a lot of pressure on your feet.
How you sit: If you frequently sit with your feet tucked or crossed underneath, you may have a lot of stress and strain on your feet, particularly over longer periods of time.
Injuries and accident: Feet tend to have misfortunes during accidents, because they are often tangled and get injured due to their owner’s carelessness and clumsiness. Consequently, feet endure more sprains, twisted ankles, stubbed toes and broken bones than anyone can count.
You should also be aware that foot injuries can heal really slowly or sometimes incorrectly because it is often impossible for us to stay still on the bed. Foot problems are entirely commonplace. In fact about a third of adults have ankle or foot problems in just one year.
Other Less Obvious Sources of Pain
Sometimes the reasons of your foot pain are less obvious. When the sources of your foot discomfort aren’t so clear, you need to spend more time evaluating family history and your overall health situation. Here are a few things that often escape your observation:
Hereditary issues: Sometimes people have genetic predisposition on foot pain, including problems like high arches or flat feet.
General health disorder: People with circulatory conditions and diabetes also often experience foot pain. They should notify their doctors about new or more intense pain as it often signifies a serious health problem.
Bone spurs: The edges of bones may have some abnormal growths which painfully rub against other bones and nearby nerves. They generally happen on older people but can also be caused by various medical problems, such as plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis.
Hammertoes: You get hammertoes if the middle joint of your toes sticks out, causing an excruciating “buckling” effect and often aggravated by the presence of a corn in the same area.
Apparently, there are no ways to effectively deal with foot pain if you’re born with this conditions. At least, there are a few things you can do:
- Keep both of your feet healthy by giving them periodical preventative-maintenance therapies.
- Quickly address any specific pain and new problems that you may have.
If you are facing pains that develop over time and they are not hereditary, ask your physician for recommendations on the best treatment available.