It is important to take foot pain seriously. If the pain is continuous or recurring, it is vital to seek help before that pain develops into a more serious injury. A 2014 survey from the American Podiatric Medical Association revealed that 77 percent of U.S. adults have experienced foot pain, but only a third of them have consulted podiatrists.
If you don’t want to end up with a serious foot injury, keep these foot pain guidelines in mind for future reference and visit your Lansdale podiatrist if any of them is affecting you.
Your Heel Hurts
Here are a couple of common causes, especially if you have been putting a lot of stress on your heel through an exercise regimen. Plantar fasciitis is signaled by pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue, which runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the toes to the heel bone. Achilles tendinopathy, a non-inflammatory heel pain, develops in the Achilles tendon where the lower leg connects to the heel.
Plantar fasciitis will feel like a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot, near the heel. The experience of Achilles tendinopathy is a swelling, stiffness and weakness of the Achilles tendon.
There are several possible remedies which we can discuss, including rest, orthotic shoe inserts, stretching exercises and strength training for your lower body, so that your feet do not have to absorb as much of your weight.
Your Arch Hurts
Arch pain tends to develop from the following causes, which can also reinforce each other: overuse, shoes that lack proper support, weight gain, or acute injury. Frequently, arch pain is linked to inflammation or strain from plantar fasciitis.
It will feel a shooting pain in the arches, especially when first getting up in the morning. Should the pain persist for several days, come see me immediately.
The Top of Your Foot Hurts
In this case, one cause may be a stress fracture, especially if you are engaged in a new activity. It can happen during exercise—for instance, if you are increasing mileage for a race or switching sports, which demands a change of motion—or during a regular workday from a change of shoes, like low heels to high heels. People who have high arches are especially susceptible, as are people who tend to over-pronate (more commonly known as flat feet).
Many people have stress fractures for a few weeks or months without realizing it. The condition may initially manifest itself as a general pain on top of the foot that gets progressively worse and may include swelling.
Consult your podiatrist immediately if you have such discomfort.