Sore feet can really ruin an otherwise good day, fun night out, or relaxing night in. The pain can sneak up on when you least expect it, or perhaps you’ve been living with it so long it feels like family now.
If you dream of having pain-free feet, you’re not alone. Whether temporary or unending, foot pain is not something you want to dismiss. It’s possible you are walking around with a condition that you’re not aware of but that’s treatable. It’s also possible that you require serious medical attention.
We’ve compiled a list of reasons that your sweet feet could be bothering you. The good news is that you can fix some of these issues on your own. In other instances, you will likely need to visit a professional.
Treatment can include massage, shoe inserts, stretching, or medical procedures to remove the damaged tissue.
Extra pounds can shift how you bear weight on your feet and ankles. Obesity or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy) can cause many foot problems including plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, fallen arches, arthritis, or ball pain. Doctors may recommend a weight loss program, pain medication, orthotic footwear, or foot exercises to alleviate pain.
Toe cramps have multiple causes including dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and overexertion. Toe cramping usually announces itself with shooting pain and can wake some people up from their sleep. Other causes are nerve damage from diabetes or another disease, or wearing tight shoes.
To help with toe cramps, balance your electrolyte intake. Hot and cold packs, stretches, and changing footwear can also help with symptoms.
Fallen arches are what causes one to be flat-footed, which can open the gate to other foot problems. Some people inherit fallen arches at birth, but it can also occur later in life due to weakness in the arch. Not everyone with flat feet experiences pain. But those who do often feel it within the arch itself or in the heel. Eliminating a high heel habit, improving posture, or wearing insoles can help with flat feet pain, but severe cases require medical intervention.
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