Foot pain can be a debilitating issue that can make everyday activities, work and exercise challenging and even impossible. While there are many causes of foot pain, we've narrowed it down to five of the most common issues, with some natural ways to treat and manage foot pain.
Foot Pain Cause No. 1: Bad Footwear
The shoes you choose can have a big impact on the health of your feet. Shoes that are too tight or lack arch support can lead to stress and injury as well as the development of conditions like bunions. Shoes with perfectly flat soles or extreme high heels should be avoided when possible.
Foot Pain Cause No. 2: Your Gait
How you walk can also impact how your feet feel. Seeing a podiatrist and/or physical therapist can help you determine how you distribute your weight when you walk and can provide you with exercises to help correct your habits for less pain in your feet and throughout your body.
Foot Pain Cause No. 3: Arthritis
An inflammatory condition like rheumatoid arthritis or a previous injury can lead to foot pain. These conditions, along with the normal wear and tear the bones and joints of the feet experience as we age can all cause pain, stiffness and poor flexibility.
Foot Pain Cause No. 4: Plantar Fasciitis
Centered in the heel of the foot, plantar fasciitis is a common condition that occurs when the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed. If you're a runner or have a job that involves standing for long periods of time, this condition can result.
Foot Pain Cause No. 5: Bunions
Wearing shoes that are too tight and force the toes to be squeezed together can result in a bunion, which is a boney growth on the bottom joint of the big toe. As the growth becomes bigger, it can become more painful, eventually requiring surgery.
Foot Pain Solutions
The first step to determining the source of your foot pain is to make an appointment with a podiatrist. They can also provide solutions on how to get relief. Consider these natural remedies to ease foot pain and discomfort for better movement:
- Shop for supportive, quality footwear that fits your foot properly.
- Purchase inserts for greater arch support or cushion where you need it.
- Perform exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles and joints of the feet.
- Massage your feet with a warming oil.
- Use a topical product with arnica to reduce swelling and pain.
- Soak sore feet in a warm bath with epsom salts for fortifying minerals and reduced inflammation.
- Try taking white willow bark or California poppy to reduce pain and help you sleep.
Give some of these remedies of try to see if they can help. Check back tomorrow for more health news and tips.