What Causes Foot Pain and What to Do about It?

Foot pain is one of the most common yet overlooked health complaints worldwide. According to a 2017 study, 77 percent of Americans are struggling with this problem, yet only a third of them seek treatment. This condition can have a variety of causes, from prolonged sitting and standing to foot injuries and plantar fasciitis. It may also be a symptom of more serious disorders, such as gout or osteoarthritis. That’s why it’s recommended to see a podiatrist or a physiotherapist if your pain persists.

Common Causes of Foot Pain

One in three people over 65 experience foot pain. However, this condition can affect anyone, regardless of age. It has a significant impact on your quality of life and can disrupt your daily activities. You may find it difficult to exercise, walk, run, and move around.

It’s hard to identify the cause of foot pain without a physical examination. Most times, this issue is either due to injuries or represents a symptom of an underlying condition. It may also occur because of overuse and inflammation of the bones, tendons, or ligaments in the foot.

Some people experience foot pain after standing for hours or wearing inappropriate shoes. A two and a half inch heel, for instance, can increase the load on the foot by as much as 75 percent. This is one of the reasons why foot problems are four times more common in women than in men. Additionally, nine out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small, which further contributes to foot and leg pain.

This condition may also be due to fractures, flat feet, bunions, bone spurs, or ingrown toenails. In rare cases, it may be a symptom of cancer. Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis often cause foot pain as well.

How to Treat Foot Pain

Treatment depends on the cause of pain. Arthritis, for example, requires a different approach than stress fractures or plantar fasciitis. Most times, physiotherapy can help. It may not cure cancer or gout, but it can relieve pain and discomfort.

If your pain is caused by arthritis, the physiotherapist may recommend ice and heat packs, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy, manipulation, or electrotherapy. These forms of treatment promote healing and improve the range of motion in your joints.

Foot pain may also occur due to stress fractures. In this case, your physiotherapist may prescribe strength exercises aimed at improving stability around your knees, pelvis, and foot. He may also use joint mobilization, dry needling, or soft tissue release to improve your biomechanics and prevent joint overload.

Physical therapy addresses the root cause of your problem, not just its symptoms. Therapeutic exercises, for instance, will strengthen your muscles and joints, leading to pain relief in the long run.

If you’ve been struggling with foot pain for weeks, seek help. Contact us today at 888.312.5764 and book an appointment at one of our Brooklyn locations. Our therapists have years of experience in treating orthopedic, neurological, and musculoskeletal conditions as well as athletic injuries. We are here to help you!

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