Because our feet act as shock absorbers for the rest of our body, they can endure a massive amount of daily wear and tear from activities like walking and running. Withstanding the friction and impact from these activities can leave your feet vulnerable to pain and injury. Luckily there are some easy steps you can take to keep your feet happy and pain free.
Common Causes of Foot Pain
Foot pain is usually categorized with a burning, sharp, or dull pain, and is usually a sign of overuse. We all know how sore our feet might feel after an especially active day, but what happens when you wake up with a sharp pain in your heel or feel a burning irritation that just won’t go away? Your aching feet could be a symptom of a more serious injury.
In the video below, Dr. Jenay Zelaya discusses some of the most common foot injuries, as well as different treatment options for pain relief.
3 Remedies for Foot Pain
If you’re already experiencing nagging foot pain, below are a few remedies you can try at home for happier feet.
1) Upgrade Your Footwear
Having perfectly fitted shoes that aren’t too worn out can greatly improve your overall mobility and foot health.
Restrict the time you spend wearing high-heeled shoes, flip flops, or ill-fitting shoes to avoid unnecessary stress. Narrow shoes and flip flops will put too much pressure on the toes of your feet. High heels and shoes that are too large will make walking more difficult and put unwanted strain on your heels and arch.
To get shoes that are the right fit, make sure you accurately measure your feet and test any shoes before you buy them. Use insoles to help fill in any gaps in larger shoes, and arch-supporting inserts to help protect the plantar fascia.
2) Chill Out
Cold therapy is a great option for overworked, burning, or sore feet. Ice can reduce swelling and inflammation while taking a few minutes out of the day to rest can give your feet some time to recover. Grab an ice pack after a long run or intense workout to cool down and give your feet a break. Hold the ice to your foot for 15 minutes at a time a few times a day.
3) Stretch Your Feet
Building a strong foundation with flexible joints can help you avoid most causes of pain and injury. Stretching and using a lacrosse ball can also help ease any lingering pain or tightness. Try adding these exercises to your daily routine to relax your feet while working on your ankle mobility and strength!
Even though our feet are essential for movement, we often neglect them until the pain becomes too much to bear. Take care of your feet, and if foot pain keeps kicking you down, schedule an appointment with Airrosti. Our expert providers will conduct a thorough evaluation, diagnose the root cause of your pain, and customize a treatment plan that will target and eliminate foot pain at its source. Most injuries we treat are resolved in 3 visits, based on patient-reported outcomes, so you can quickly get back to doing the activities you love most.
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