Chronic foot pain affects the sufferer’s entire life. Almost every aspect of our lives requires our feet. Whether we are working, playing, or even relaxing on an evening stroll, if our feet hurt it’s hard to enjoy our daily activities. The sad part is many people with chronic foot pain can be helped and yet they still go years without seeing a podiatrist.
Often the cause of foot pain is simply the shoes you wear. For the sake of high fashion many women wear cramped shoes that are not designed to properly cushion your feet from hours of walking or standing. Many foot problems can be helped just by buying higher quality shoes or shoes that are designed to properly align your feet and reduce the impact caused by walking or exercising. Other foot problems require treatment by a podiatrist. Some of the more common problems include bunions, infections and ulcers caused by a diabetic condition, hammertoe, and planter fasciitis.
Bunions are caused by excessive pressure being place on one of the bones of your feet near your toe causing the bone to proliferate or incease in size in an unnatural maner, this often creates a lump of bone protruding on the side of the foot. Left untreated this can progress to even greater foot problems like deformation of the feet (for example when a toe start to point inward) and even arthritis once the cartilage is damaged. Often supportive footwear will help to alleviate the problem so that surgical and other treatments do not become necessary in the future.
Hammertoe is another foot problem that can often be helped with the proper footwear as well as using orthotics in the shoe. Hammertoe is when the toe curls inward forming the shape of a hammer. Left untreated the problem can reach a point where surgery is needed to straighten out the affected toe.
Planter Fasciitis is a common source of heel pain. This is caused when the ligament that forms your foot arch is over stretched or pulled too tight. As the pain gets worse the sufferer often changes his gait to compensate for the pain causing additional pain in the back, knee and even hip.
Once again orthopedic shoes or orthotic insoles which support the arch can reduce the strain. Other possible treatments include proper stretching of the foot and if necessary using ice, or anti-inflammatory prescriptions can help.
Diabetic foot problems
Diabetes can interfere with the blood flow in the sufferer’s feet. This loss of blood flow can turn even minor foot injuries into major problems. Common problems like corns and calluses can lead to skin problems and even the formation of foot ulcers. It is recommended that diabetics that are losing blood flow to their extremities visit a podiatrist on a regular basis. Even trimming your own toe nails can put you at risk and many choose to visit a podiatrist every 2 months for routine nail care. Ingrown toenails and infections can lead to much greater problems possibly even escalating into loss of the foot.
While this article can’t address the individual needs of a person, it does underscore the need to properly take care of your feet. Part of that care includes well fitting, quality shoes and possible orthopedic shoes to help correct problems before they escalate into greater problems.