When your feet hurt, it is not easy to to do any form of exercise. However, it is thought that being active can actually help to reduce pain in the long run. If putting weight on your feet for any period of time is simply too painful, taking to the water might help. Exercising in a pool eliminates the pressure on your feet while allowing you to move other parts of the body. Applying ice to the sore areas of your feet is another way to reduce the pain. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, available over the counter, can also help. Devices such as canes, walking sticks, or walkers can absorb some of the weight placed on your feet when you stand or walk. Also, check that your footwear is comfortable, roomy, cushioned and supportive. Another key contributor to foot pain is being overweight, so the combination of a healthier diet and added exercise will likely be beneficial. If your pain increases or becomes unbearable, it’s a good idea to consult a podiatrist for a complete examination and diagnosis, as well as other treatment options.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.