Prevention and treatment of foot pain
All too many of us spend too much time on our feet, it is no wonder that foot pain is a common problem in society. On average a person walks usually 71,000 miles (about 117.000 km) during their life. That’s a lot of pressure to put on the bones, ligaments and muscles that are charged with the responsibility to go from A to B.
Despite the enormous burden placed on the feet too many of us are happy to ignore them completely. No care, no petting, not even a decent shoe in support. Is this any way to treat such important ally?
More often than foot pain is triggered by ill-fitting shoes, shoes that are too high and shoes that are too tight. And I’m afraid to say that in most cases, women are victims of it. Come on girls admit it – how often have you left the city in a pair of high heels that you can barely walk?
Just wear the wrong shoe and ignoring the value of a good foot can be the catalyst for all sorts of problems. Waterproof footwear will restrict circulation in your feet, causing problems such as blisters, corns and chilblains. Wear high heels all the time put additional pressure on the front of your feet to the painful balls of the feet and too many problems. And have the sole insufficient support can lead to problems such as impact of heel spurs, stress fractures and shin splints.
Of course there are foot problems that are not necessarily a matter of shoes. Burning and painful sensations in your feet can actually be a sign of diabetes or thyroid disease if you are unsure check with your doctor.
So what can you do to cure and prevent foot problems?
Well, the first port of call is to look at your shoes and insoles that you have inside. Try to wear comfortable shoes as often as possible. They must have plenty of room for your feet and a decent insole with plenty of cushion and support. Think of the shoe as shock absorbers for your feet – more impact they can absorb the least your feet and joints must take.
After it’s just a matter of the letter giving your feet a treat. If you are already suffering from foot pain, then try using ice packs and anti-inflammatories. Many foot injuries as a heel spur and plantar fasciitis are the result of inflammation so that you do everything you can to reduce swelling.
Depending on the injury there will probably be some exercises you can do too. For example, with plantar fasciitis, you can do what you may know as a stretch calf stretch your heel. A GP or a physiotherapist could help you with this.
Finally, try a little pampering. If part of your body deserves a massage and some relaxing oils and lotions, then what are your feet.