The basics of foot pain and simple ways to ease discomfort
Napoleon Bonaparte said that an army marches on its stomach. However, despite the importance of a well-fed battalion, our podiatrists still believe that an army marches on its feet.
With only one pair of feet to last you a lifetime, it is essential to be conscious about your feet. That means wearing proper shoes, having your feet assessed by a professional if you have concerns, and paying attention to any minor pains to ensure they don’t become bigger pains.
At Allied Bone and Joint we offer top of the line foot pain treatment and podiatry, and we do our best to keep your life in motion. However, we believe it is important to take care of your feet before they require professional attention. We have compiled a list of the most common foot woes and simple remedies you can do at home.
DIY Foot Pain Treatment
- Plantar Fasciitis
This is a pain that occurs in the bottom of the feet, often manifesting in the heel. The plantar fascia is a thin tendon that connects your heel to the front of your foot, and it takes a lot of daily wear and tear, especially for patients that are on their feet all day, are overweight, or are wearing shoes that don’t support the arch. It can also occur during pregnancy. Over time, the plantar fascia will become inflamed, causing a distinct pain in the heel and/or foot arch pain. To relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis, take time every day to elevate your feet and ice the heels. Start wearing shoes with more arch support and a softer heel (this can be solved by buying orthopedic inserts. Ask your orthopedic podiatrist for more information). Also stretch your calf muscles daily, as tight calf muscles can exacerbate heel pain. If pain continues, contact your podiatrist.
- Sprains and Strains
Often caused by physical activity, sprains and strains are usually nothing serious, but still very painful! Sprains occur when the ligament connecting bone to bone is overexerted or damaged, and strains affect muscles and tendons that connect muscle to bone. When sprains and strains occur in the feet, they are usually by a joint, and can create pain and instability. It is important to address sprains and strains to ensure that the ligaments and tendons do not get damaged further. Foot pain treatment for sprains and strains: follow the RICE treatment (rest, ice, compress, and elevate). Discontinue any strenuous activity that puts stress on the affected area, and use an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce inflammation. When it the injury is healed, return to your regular activities with caution. Ask you orthopedic podiatrist if there are exercises you can do to strengthen the area to make it less prone to injury in the future.
- Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails occur when the side of the toenail (usually the big toe) grows into the skin along the edge of the nail, causing pain and tenderness. If untreated, the nail will continue to grow into the skin and can cause infection. In addition, the pain caused by the toenail can make patients alter the way they walk, potentially causing structural issues in the foot. If you have an ingrown toenail, contact your podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon, as you may need to have surgery to have it corrected.
Allied Bone and Joint Keeps You in Motion
For more information on a foot pain diagnosis or foot pain treatment, contact Allied Bone and Joint today! Our team of orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists are at hand to help you overcome foot pain and get your life back in motion. Contact us to set up an appointment today!