Highlights Overview About 75% of people in the United States have foot pain at some time in their lives. Nearly all cases of foot pain can be attributed to one of the following:
Ill-fitting shoes High-impact exercise Certain medical conditions Foot pain generally starts in one of three places: the toes, the forefoot, or the hindfoot. Risk Factors Elderly people are at very high risk for foot problems. Women are at higher risk than men for severe foot pain, probably because of high-heeled shoes. Medical Conditions Causing Foot Pain
Arthritis Diabetes Obesity Pregnancy Medications Treatment Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil), may help ease pain and reduce inflammation. The acronym RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation -- the four basic elements of initial treatment for an injured foot. In most cases, stress fractures heal by themselves if you avoid rigorous activities. Stretching the plantar fascia is the mainstay therapy for restoring s...
Rheumatoid arthritis gets blamed for a lot of my aches and pains and although I know that it plays a huge part in this recent round of foot pain, I have decided to give RA a break from the constant blame and instead put the blame of my foot pain on my SHOES.
Last December, I received a pair of minimalist shoes for Christmas and began an experiment with the chronic pain in my feet. Basically the experiment was to get my feet out of supportive shoes as much as possible and build up some strength and muscle in my feet and ankles to see if it reduced the pain in my feet. I started off by wearing my Vibram Five Fingers when I worked out. Then I slowly transitioned to not wearing shoes at all when I worked out. When the weather warmed up in April, I began wearing my Vibram Five Fingers on my daily walks. Soon, I was walking half the walk in VFF and half of the walk barefoot. I LOVED It!!!
Since I am off work for several m...
Alternative Names Swelling of the ankles - feet - legs; Ankle swelling; Foot swelling; Leg swelling; Edema - peripheral; Peripheral edema Prevention Avoid sitting or standing without moving for prolonged periods of time. When flying, stretch your legs often and get up to walk when possible. When driving, stop to stretch and walk every hour or so. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing or garters around your thighs. Exercise regularly. Lose weight if you need to. References Goldman L. Approach to the patient with possible cardiovascular disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 48.
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