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Definition Alternative Names Causes of foot pain Information Question: What causes foot pain? Answer: Many things can cause foot pain . Wearing shoes that don't fit right is one of the most common reasons people (especially women) get foot problems such as calluses and bunions . With age, feet often grow wider. Also, being overweight can increase your chances of having foot problems or injuries. Go shopping for shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest due to swelling . Heels on shoes shouldn't be higher than 1 inch. Shoes with a wide toe box can also lead to less problems to your feet. See also: Ankle pain Heel pain
Foot Injury If you suspect that you have broken or fractured bones in a toe or foot, call a doctor, who will probably order x-rays. Even if you can walk, you still might have a fracture. People are often able to walk even if a foot bone has been fractured, particularly if it is a chipped bone or a toe fracture. Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat mild pain caused by muscle inflammation. Aspirin is the most common NSAID. Others include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Rufen), ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis KT), naproxen (Aleve, Naprelan), and tolmetin (Tolectin). A gel containing ibuprofen can be applied to sore joints. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not an NSAID, and although it is a mild pain reliever, it will not reduce inflammation. It is important to note that high doses or long-term use of any NSAID can cause gastrointestinal disturbances with sometimes serious consequences, including dangerous bleeding. ...
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...
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