How to Relieve Sore Feet and Foot PainOctober 1, 2019 Categories: Uncategorized
Maybe your day begins by going to the gym and running a few miles—your sneakers pound on the treadmill in a steady rhythm. Then, you dress, walk to your car and drive to work, where you spend the day rushing around, going from task to task. You take a quick stroll to the small, family-owned deli that makes the best sandwiches. You wander to a park bench to eat it and return to work at a brisk pace. After work, you go to the store and meander through the isles to find something to cook for dinner. Finally, you arrive home, where you take off your shoes and breathe out a sigh, stretching out your feet and feel the tight muscles relax and the pain ease. Your feet are tools that help you throughout the day, every day. It’s important to be aware of when they are hurting, what type of pain it is, and how you can relieve the pains and aches to improve your daily life, both physically and mentally!
Causes and Types of Foot Pain
Foot pain and discomfort can be caused by many reasons and can occur in different areas of the foot as well. The common areas of soreness are your heels, the balls of your feet and arches. It is always important to talk to a doctor about your symptoms and get a diagnosis and treatment.
If you experience pain in your heels, then you might have one of the following:
- Heel spurs: The stretching of the ligament that connects your heel and ball of foot, creating a growth of the bone. Heel spurs may increase in pain when you stand or walk.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the tissue, plantar fasciitis, which connects your heel and your toes. The reason you can experience pain here is because this specific piece of tissue supports the arch and is active when running or doing other cardiovascular activity. While it can be caused by running, that’s not when you tend to feel the pain. Instead, you will feel the pain when you aren’t active. Intense pain can occur when getting out of bed or standing after sitting.
- Stone Bruises are deep bruises in the tissue on the bottom of your foot. Many people say that it feels like walking on stones or pebbles.
If you have pain in the balls of your feet, then you might be experiencing the following:
- Metatarsalgia: An inflammation on the bottom of your foot, located between the arches and toes. If you have high arches, are overweight, or are a runner, you are more likely to get pain in this area.
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome: The compression of bone and tissue that causes the nerve to be squeezed. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, it is caused by things that compress the nerve; including overuse, ankle sprains, flat feet, and swelling. Some of the symptoms include numbness and tingling sensations.
- Morton’s Neuroma: Caused by shoes like high heels that are narrow and squeeze and rub your toes against each other.
Other Reasons Your Feet Hurt
As you age, your body naturally starts to lose protective layers of skin, such as the fat pad located under the ball of your foot, or cartilage density, which can cause pressure, resulting in soreness and callouses to grow.
Extra pressure on your feet from weight gain, injuries or overuse from exercising can cause further feet problems.
Not everyone walks the same and the pressure of your body might not be evenly distributed, meaning that one person’s shoe that makes their feet feel good, may not be the best shoe for you. Uncomfortable shoes and the way you walk in them cause pain in your feet most often.
Tips for Protecting and Relieving Your Foot Pain
- Stretch your feet and ice them for about 20 minutes. If you have plantar fasciitis, do this at least three times a day.
- One of the best stretches is taking the palm of your hand, pressing it against all five of your toes and pushing them upwards.
- Rest your feet by taking a day off from the gym, massaging the irritated and inflamed areas, and keeping them off the ground for a while.
- Tape muscles, ligaments and tendons to decrease the amount of pressure they take and support the rest of the foot.
- Shop for Your Comfort!
- Wear shoes that have enough support for your feet and arches. While open-toed shoes like flip-flops can be easy to slip on, they can change the way your arch and pressure points are naturally in your foot. Try to wear closed-toed shoes when you can.
- If your feet need support in only certain areas of your foot, try wearing insoles. Insoles can be used in favorite pair of shoes, helping you save money, feel fashionable, and be comfortable all at once.
- Sorbothane was actually created to replicate the natural fat pad under the ball of your foot, as mentioned above, which naturally begins to thin as we age. Sorbothane Insoles offer support for different types of feet to help you feel good all day long and prevent long term health effects.
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