The ABC'S Of Foot Ache

The plantar fascia is a thick, broad ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. This fascia maintains the structure of the arch. According to MedlinePlus, the plantar fascia can become inflamed from injury or overuse, causing a dull ache on the sole of the foot. A heel spur can form on the heel bone, or calcaneus, where the plantar fascia attaches, causing pain along the sole. Conditions that predispose you to plantar fasciitis or formation of a heel spur include obesity, long-distance running and a rigid flat or high-arched foot. You Might Also Like Metatarsalgia and Arthritis

The pain can start from toes, forefoot or hind foot. The reason why pain can begin at the toes is mostly because of shoes that do not fit you properly. Shoes that do not fit properly are a regular cause of pain. High heeled shoes especially concentrate pressure on the toes and can cause or aggravate toe problems. In some cases people who experience this kind of pain could be as a result of medical conditions that cause disturbance in the way a person walks. Such conditions include diabetes, leg or foot deformities, spinal problems, cerebral palsy among others.

Most (young) women like to look stylish and wear a shoe with a medium to high heel. The problem with high heels is that your bodyweight is not evenly distributed across the underside of the foot, but rather 80% of your weight pushes down on only one area of the foot, the forefoot area. i.e. the balls of your feet. This is totally unnatural and before long the entire forefoot structure collapses, leading to constant pressure and friction in the ball of the foot. The body reacts and builds up thick layers of callous in this area which in turn leads to a burning sensation under the foot.foot pain heel

If the foot pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, it may respond to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, daily application of ice to the heel, and use of orthotics to better support the heel and arch. Although calf stretching exercises are often recommended, there's little evidence that they actually help. Injection Plantar Fasciitis of corticosteroids into the heel may give some temporary relief, but can lead to complications such as rupture of the plantar fascia. A newer treatment called extracorporeal shock wave therapy that uses sound waves has been approved for treatment of plantar fasciitis, but is usually reserved for resistant cases.

To get at the source of the problem, you have to give your arch some help and support. Try wearing an arch strapping This will add support to your arch. If the strapping does not provide enough relief, pick up some arch supports. You should be able to find them (probably by Dr. Scholls) at a drug store. They raise the arch and shift burden off the heel. By wearing these you also give the fascia a little slack - the arch doesn't have to stretch as far. If the strapping and the arch supports together are not enough, try adding heel pads.

We have now entered a new era for the treatment of foot pain. Treatment methods now utilize minimally-invasive techniques which provide long-term relief, quick return to normal activities, and fast recovery time without any risky procedure. One such treatment method is the Cryosurgery procedure. This procedure is regarded as the best new advanced approach for foot and ankle pain relief. It is a minimally-invasive office technique that enables the patient to return to work quickly and has a high success rate in relieving heel and neuroma pain. By freezing the nerve to around -70 degrees Fahrenheit, long-term foot pain relief is achieved.

Foot pain is most commonly associated with plantar fasciitis but can occur because of a wide variety of causes. Often the remedy is in the choice of shoes, footwear. Wearing tight fitting shoes or the use of a very flat and unsupportive shoe such as flip flops can aggravate or precipitate inflammation of tendons, ligaments, or bones in the foot. The pain associated withplantar fasciitis is usually sharp and aching and occurs during the first few steps after sleeping or resting. This is because the deep tissue in the arch of the foot that attaches to the heel bone contracts when at rest.

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