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...
Flip-flops are popping up everywhere: at weddings, at work, at parties, and at home. What once was an article of clothing only seen at the beach or pool, now this flimsy footwear is a mainstay of closets across America. Ask someone why he/she wears flips and the laundry list of reasons is long. "They're comfortable," "They're cool," "They're fun," and "They're less confining"; this list of reasoning is reshaping our shoe choices and fashion sense. However, this list of reasoning is not very sensible in terms of health. Many parts of the body suffer from flip-flop related problems, problems that can be avoided. Here is a list of good reasons to avoid flip-flops.
1. No Support : Flip-flops are the least supportive of all shoes. Most flips are as flat as a board while the foot itself has many curves and arches. Why do people try to make a foot conform to something flat? Curves and arches need to be supported or else they tend to collapse. Flat feet , bu...
In the first segment , we covered what things could be causing our feet to hurt. In the last segment we covered symptoms and how to report them to our doctor. In this segment, we will review treatments options for our painful feet.
Did you know our feet talk? It’s true; our feet can tell us about our overall health. Take a minute to review what our feet tell us, here . This slideshow covers many of the topics we reviewed in the first segment and gives us a clear picture of how our feet talk to us in more ways than one.
The Next Step
What a metaphor—one-step at a time. If our foot pain is more than soreness from normal wear and tear created by their performance under pressure, it’s time to consider a treatment plan. Plans vary with what is causing our foot pain, it is not a one-shoe-fits-all approach. Foot pain can have a variety of causes , symptoms , and individualized treatments.
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