11 Reasons Your Feet Are Aching

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.

1-Plantar Fasciitis

doctor using stainless steel tool for plantar fasciitis treatment
 A common condition that causes heel pain, plantar fasciitis is a result of inflammation. Plantar fascia runs from the heel up the side of the foot to the toes. Tears in the fascia cause inflammation. People normally feel pain when they take their first steps in the morning. Pain is sharp and can come and go, but this is a chronic condition.

Treatment can include massage, shoe inserts, stretching, or medical procedures to remove the damaged tissue.

2-Weight Gain

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.



4-Toe Cramps

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.

5-Flat Feet

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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