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Your feet bear weight when you’re standing and help you get where you need to go. Because of this, foot pain is common. Foot pain refers to any pain or discomfort in one or more parts of the foot. These parts may include the:
The pain can range from mild to severe, and it may last a short time or be an ongoing issue. Many measures can help relieve your foot pain.
Foot pain can occur due to certain lifestyle choices or a medical condition. Common causes include:
One of the main causes of foot pain is wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Wearing high-heeled shoes can often cause foot pain because they place a great deal of pressure on the toes.
You can also develop foot pain if you become injured during high-impact exercise or sports activities, such as jogging or intense aerobics.
Various medical issues are closely associated with foot pain.
Your feet are especially susceptible to the pain that occurs due to arthritis. Thirty-three joints in the foot can occur due to this condition.
Diabetes can also cause complications and several disorders of the feet. People with diabetes are more prone to:
You’re also more at risk for having foot pain if you:
Other potential causes of foot pain include:
Your at-home treatment options will vary depending on the pain you’re experiencing and its cause. However, following these tips may help relieve your discomfort:
Many people who regularly experience foot pain are aware of what triggers it and they know the best way to manage their pain. However, you should see a doctor as soon as possible if:
During your appointment, the doctor will observe your posture and how you walk. They’ll also examine your back, legs, and feet.
They’ll want to know the details of your foot pain, such as when it started, what parts of the feet are affected, and how severe it is. If necessary, your doctor will order an X-ray.
The treatment for your condition depends on the cause. For some people, something as simple as shoe inserts can provide a great deal of relief. Other people may need:
Follow these tips to help prevent ongoing foot pain:
Although foot pain is common, it’s not a normal part of life. You should seek medical help if you have foot pain that hasn’t resolved after a week or two of at-home treatment.
Written by: Krista O'Connell
Medically reviewed on: Jul 08, 2016: William Morrison, MD
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