Black Swan Osteopathy & Podiatry

Foot Pain

Foot Pain, Symptoms, Causes and Cure Tips

Feet take lots of weight and movement every day. It is no wonder so many of us suffer from foot pain. Find out how to treat it here.

As human beings, our body is a master piece of art in nature. The human body is made of many internal and external parts or organs that together make our complete human body. The main external parts of our body are hands, foot, head, and sensory organs, through which we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. Each organ has its unique characteristics to perform various functions.

Our foot consists of the flexible 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles that help us to walk, run and carry weight. Any problem occurs in these bones, joints and muscles can cause pain in the foot. Let us put light on the foot pain, its causes, symptoms and treatments as follow:

  • What are the Symptoms of the foot pain?

We all feel pain in our feet in the daily activities of our life. This pain is the result of the disorder or discomfort in toe, heel, arches, sole, bones, joints, muscles, soft tissues, and skin of our feet.

Timely or continues pain in the foot is the sign of problem. Some foot pain symptoms are:

  • Change of walking style
  • Increase of pain with the lifting of weight
  • Pain with the movement of specific spot in the foot

When should you seek help for your foot pain?

As our feet are directly involve in the physical movement of our body, the pain can go for short or longer duration. So it is necessary to take immediate effective treatment of the foot pain. More delay in the treatment the more complicated the treatment that is needed leaving you in pain for longer.

What could be causing your foot pain?

This topic could fill a book the size of War and Peace! There are many causes of foot pain, however the most common are as follow:

  • Improper shoes: Wearing improper shoes may results in a foot pain.
  • High heel: Long heels are dangerous for our feet as they exert pressure on our toe.
  • Excessive or hard exercise: Heavy physical work or a tough exercise can also cause foot pain.
  • Sports Activities: foot pain can also be occurred by our daily sports activities including jogging, running and jumping
  • Arthritis: Arthritis is a serious disease of joint pain that can severely cause foot joint pain.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes creates complications and many feet disorders. Diabetic patients are more subject to:
  • Skin Damage such as blisters or corns
  • Nerve Damage in the feet
  • Clogged or Hardened Arteries in the legs and feet
  • Sprain, Fracture and Injury: Sprain or fracture in foot or injury of any vein in the foot can cause severe pain.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women are often susceptible to foot pain.
  • Overweight: Overweight or obese people are more prone to foot pain.

How can you ease foot pain at home?

Some home tips for foot pain:

  • Rest: Rest is the main source of treatment of foot pain when it has just happened but don’t rest for too long if it isn’t broken – get moving in the range of movement that is pain free.
  • Ice: Ice can be used to minimizes the pain.
  • Elevation: Keeping foot on higher position can provide relief for a foot that is fractured.
  • Stiff soles and foot pads: Use of Shoes with Stiff soles and foot pads help in relieving pressure while walking that can reduce foot pain.
  • Pain Relievers: Pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen¬†are useful for the immediate treatment of foot pain.
  • Massage: Oil or cream massage can improve foot pain. After massage the foot must be covered properly for some time.

Get in touch with our team if you have any questions or would like to know how podiatry and osteopathy may help with your foot pain: