Are you struggling with persistent foot pain that’s impacting your ability to walk, drive or enjoy your daily life?
If this sounds like you, it’s important to identify the underlying cause in order to manage your pain more effectively and stop foot pain from bothering you.
Whether you experience muscle tension, strains, sprains, inflammatory joint diseases, or other conditions¸ this article provides expert insight on 3 common causes of your foot pain and how to prevent it.
Read on to learn more about these conditions and the best ways to support healthy feet!
3 Common Causes Of Foot Pain And How To Prevent It
Poorly Fitting Shoes
Foot pain can be caused by a number of factors, but one of the most common causes is poorly fitting shoes.
Shoes that are too small or too large can cause pressure that can lead to foot and ankle pain due to the unnatural angles and movement it forces your foot into.
Wearing the incorrect size or style of shoe for your foot shape not only increases your likelihood of foot pain but may also lead to foot deformities.
Choose The Right Shoes
Choosing the right shoes is one of the most important steps to taking care of your feet and preventing foot pain.
Your foot size may change over time, so it’s important to measure your foot for length and width regularly. Shoes should be snug but comfortable; not too tight, not too loose.
Your shoes shouldn’t slip at the heel, or cause pressure on your toes.
Also, if you purchase leather or synthetic material shoes, make sure you break them in gradually rather than wearing them all day right away as this will help avoid eventual foot pain.
Flat feet, or fallen arches, can be a cause of foot pain. When the arch of your foot is flattened, it can result in additional strain on your foot muscles as they work to stabilize and balance your body every time you walk or stand.
Pain may range from stiffness and soreness in the foot to sharp, stabbing sensations that make activities such as standing for long periods difficult.
Prevent Foot Pain From Flat Feet
Foot pain can be a debilitating and unwelcome problem, but those suffering from flat feet have an increased risk of foot pain. It’s important to take the right steps in order to prevent foot pain caused by flat feet.
You can do this by taking regular breaks if on your feet for extended periods and using foot exercises to help increase strength and stability in the foot’s arch.
For example, calf raises are a great exercise to strengthen the foot as well as help engage core muscles while enhancing balance. Furthermore, participating in regular low-impact exercise or stretching routines that focus on alignment is beneficial in keeping foot pain at bay.
If you think you’re suffering from flat feet, we recommend talking with your doctor or one of our expert physical therapists about your foot pain.
With the right preventive care, it’s possible to reduce foot pain caused by flat feet.
Foot Pain From Being Overweight
Being overweight can lead to many types of foot pain as the extra weight places additional pressure on the foot and can cause pain or aching while standing or walking.
Symptoms of foot pain caused by being overweight include increased pressure on the foot’s joints, nerves, and blood vessels, as well as an increased risk of developing other medical conditions that can lead to foot-related complications.
Prevent Foot Pain By Maintaining A Healthy Weight
To prevent foot pain caused by being overweight, it is important to maintain healthy body weight to reduce foot stress.
Eating a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients each day and incorporating exercise into your daily routine are both important steps to achieving a healthy weight.
Not only would this reduce the stress on your feet but also help you improve your overall health.
Exercise with low-impact activities such as biking, swimming, and yoga are also great options for getting physical activity while avoiding further damage by jumping or running.
How Can Physical Therapy Prevent Foot Pain
If you’ve been suffering from foot pain for a long period of time, you feel like you’ve tried everything to ease it and it’s still not getting any better, physical therapy could be the answer that gives you long-term results!
With the help of physical therapy, there are ways to reduce discomfort and maintain foot health. Physical therapy helps people with pain from problems from how the foot is balanced, foot injuries, and other problems.
Through targeted exercises and stretches as well as using manual techniques, a physical therapist can loosen muscles that are constantly stressed and increase circulation for the best foot health.
By doing this regularly, pain levels can be reduced and potentially eliminated without the use of medications or surgery.
Physical therapy provides a safe, long-term solution for those suffering from foot problems so consider consulting an expert physical therapist.
Want To Speak To A Physical Therapist About Your Foot Pain?
At Impact Wellness we offer a Free Foot Pain Discovery Session in our Siouxland clinics (Sioux City and Akron) where you can ask our expert physical therapists the questions you have and discuss the best treatment options for you with a view to getting you back to enjoying your life without foot pain.
Alternatively, we offer a Free Telephone Consultation where you can speak to a member of the team from the comfort of your own home.
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