In this segment, we will review treatments options for our painful feet.
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In this segment, we will review treatment 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.
Podiatrist = A specialized physician and surgeon that specializes in foot care
In segment two, I shared my personal story with foot pain. Conservative treatment for my bone spurs and corns failed to resolve my foot pain, so it was time to visit the podiatrist. For me treatment included surgical removal. Other treatments might include:
- Warm water soaks.
- Physical Therapy.
- Occupational Therapy.
- A trip to the podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon.
- Wound care.
- Local injections.
- Myofascial treatment.
- Orthotics (Inserts or special shoes that provide the necessary support.)
- Padding under toes that are the problem.
- Posture modifications.
- Addressing weak muscles from the tips of your toes to your buttocks.
- A change in activity or certain behaviors.
- Footwear adjustments, which might include special inserts or specially made shoes.
- Management of underlying health problems.
- Diabetic foot care.
- Assessment of medications that might be a contributing factor.
- Medications to treat the underlying cause.
- Surgery to remove a lump, scarring, bone spur, or entrapped nerve.
- Exercises, including stretching and rebuilding muscle strength.
You may not need to take that next step. But stay alert to your symptoms. If they affect your quality of life, if your problems place an additional health risk, see your doctor.
Other Helpful Information from Our Health Central Experts
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Celeste Cooper, R.N., is a freelance writer focusing on chronic pain and fibromyalgia. She is lead author of Integrative therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain and the Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain book series. She enjoys her family, writing and advocating, photography, and nature. Connect with Celeste through her website CelesteCooper.com, Twitter @FibroCFSWarrior, or follow her Facebook page.