Foot is an intricate network of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Strong enough to bear the body weight, the foot can be prone to injury and pain.
Possible areas of foot pain
Foot pain can affect any part of the foot, from toes to Achilles tendon at the back of the heel.
In many cases, the pain is located in the center of the foot; between the arch and the toes (i.e. under the ball of the foot).
Many different conditions can result in foot pain.
Sometimes, something as minor as a callus can cause foot pain. A callus is simply a buildup of dry skin that is caused by pressure against the bone. Calluses often develop on the bottom of the feet.
More often than not, foot pain is caused by wearing uncomfortable shoes. In particular, shoes that don’t fit properly often cause foot pain. It’s not just shoes that are too tight that cause foot pain, shoes that are too big can cause pain, as well. If the shoes are too tight, they put excessive pressure on the feet. If the shoes are too big, they leave space where the foot can move around inside the shoe, which results in the foot sliding, rubbing and enduring friction.
If pain exist in the bottom of the foot, it could be caused by inflammation of a joint or a torn ligament.
Foot pain Management
If you have pain in your feet, try these preliminary measures to alleviate your pain.
First, wear proper shoes. They should be sturdy and supportive.You can also purchase orthotic devices or shoe inserts to wear inside your shoes for extra support. There are many types of arch supports available that are intended for flat feet or high arches, and you can also get custom arch supports (shoe inserts) made specifically for your feet.
When you are choosing supportive shoes, make sure that they fit properly. Your shoes should fit well both in length and width so that they don’t cause cramping.
It is always a good idea to have your feet measured, at least once a year. Many people don’t realize that the feet often change sizes over time. Weight gain, pregnancy and just the normal process of aging can cause the feet to change size. Relieving foot pain can be as simple as purchasing shoes that are the correct size.
If calluses are the source of your foot pain, then your feet need a little pampering. Begin by soaking your feet in warm water. You can add salt, if you like (ask your doctor for advice on this). Once the skin of the feet has had time to soften, you can gently remove the callus with a file or pumice stone (Note; - Diabetics should always seek medical advice before treating calluses etc.)
Wearing flat shoes that have a low heel is the best choice for preventing foot pain. If you must wear a higher heel, stick the heels under two Inches tall at a maximum. Wide, chunky heels are a better alternative to stilettos. They provide a more stable base of support and minimize the risk of tripping or spraining an ankle. Avoid wearing flip flops, as flip flops fail to provide the feet with any sort of support.