We’ve all had our fair share of foot pains. Blisters from a new pair of shoes can be uncomfortable when walking around and leave us with nagging pain. Whilst that pain will eventually subside there are other issues, like sharp pains in our heel or arch, that can worsen with time. Many of us ignore it, hoping that they will magically disappear, but is often not the case. Here are a few common areas of pain that should not be ignored.
Where it hurts – Heel
Heel pain is most commonly caused by Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation across the soft tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, especially where it connects into your heel bones. It often feels like a stabbing pain in your heel and is worst when getting out of bed of a morning. Rest, stretching, strengthening and support are important for relieving the load of the Plantar fascia.
Where it hurts – Arch
This often develops from overuse, wearing inappropriate footwear or acute injury. This is also associated with injury or inflammation of the plantar fascia, however there can also be involvement of the posterior tibialis muscle. Assessment of your current footwear for both work and exercise is necessary. Supportive footwear is important for sufficiently supporting the structures of the foot.
Where it hurts – Top of the Foot
Pain on the top of the foot, especially if you’ve recently started a new physical activity, can be indicative of a stress fracture. This pain is often quite general in area and progressively gets worse with activity. Many people can have stress fractures for weeks or months without knowing it. Rest is required to allow the fracture to heal and moon boots or crutches may be necessary depending on the severity of the injury.
If you are concerned about foot pain call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to see one of our podiatrists.