Do you often experience sore feet? We’ve been there and know how painful it can be, so what can you do to help combat this pain and what are common causes for sore feet?
These are just some of the frequently asked questions about foot pain and we’re here to help. Read on to learn more on the causes and how to relieve sore feet…
Causes of Sore Feet
There is a lot of foot problems or injuries that cause sore feet such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, achilles tendonitis, broken feet, bunions and many other foot problems. We have covered some of the mentioned foot problems in previous posts but we will go into small detail about each just to remind you:
- Plantar Fasciitis – Inflammation of the ligament that connects the heel to the bone called the plantar fascia.
- Arthritis – Swelling and tenderness of one or more joints (can occur other places besides your feet).
- Achilles Tendonitis – When the tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone called the Achilles tendon is damages due to injuries.
- Bunions – A bony projection on the joint at the base of the big toe. It grows gradually and your toe turn inwards over time.
How To Relieve Sore Feet
So now we have learnt more about how foot pain can be caused, let’s look at solutions. We will first go over general tips and then cover solutions that work best for the mentioned foot problems above for those who might need specific treatments.
General Tips for Foot Pain
- Foot stretches
- Foot massages
- Wear shoes with arch support
- A warm bath or foot bath
- Apply ice to feet
- Wear foot arch support sleeves
- Apply pain relieving medicine/ taking pain killers
Now let’s get into solutions aimed at previously mentioned foot problems:
- Plantar Fasciitis – Physical therapy to strengthen lower leg muscles, taking anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen and in severe cases where you experience too much pain surgery may be an option too.
- Arthritis – Ibuprofen and general painkillers to ease pain and inflammation, Changes of diet to be more balanced and healthier, physical therapy and in severe cases there are many surgeries to help combat this.
- Achilles Tendonitis – Ibuprofen, stretching exercises, changes of diet to include less sugary foods and more foods like fruit and nuts, general rest and avoiding too much physical activity.
- Bunions – Ibuprofen, using bunion pads along with comfortable shoes and apply ice to affected area to help with inflammation.
Ways to avoid foot pain
We all know the old adage: “prevention is better than a cure”, so what are some measures you can take to make sure foot pain is a thing of the past?
Here are a few tips:
- Do stretches before exercises
- Wear the right shoe size
- Treat all underlying health conditions
- Good sleep hygiene (7-9 hours a night)
- Nutrient dense diet
- Avoid high heels if you have experienced foot problems
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