The entire weight of the body is supported by our feet. The bones, muscles, ligaments and joints of the foot are well designed and are flexible enough to withstand body weight.
Nonetheless, foot pain might develop due to several reasons. Foot pain could develop in any part of the foot, such as the toes, ankles, arch and sole.
Foot pain causes
Foot pains develop due to several reasons. Ill-fitted footwear is largely responsible for foot pain. It causes blisters, corns, bunions and calluses. Arthritis can also cause foot pain. Gout, which is a form of arthritis, usually affects the big toe of the foot causing foot pain. Sometimes pain in the knee, leg or back can cause pain in the foot. Plantar warts, which are a form of viral infection, develop on the sole of the foot, causing foot pain.
Foot injury is a major cause of foot pain. Sometimes high impact exercises can also cause foot injury. People suffering from diabetes for a long time develop neuropathy in the feet. Although neuropathy usually makes the feet numb, but in several instances neuropathy can make the foot extremely sensitive to pain. Fungal infections, such as Athlete’s foot that causes inflammation of the foot can also cause foot pain. Sometimes foot pain occurs from nerve problems in the foot or leg.
Foot pain remedies
Most foot pains could be easily avoided. You should always wear well-fitted shoes. Shoes that compress your toes should be avoided. Stilettos might be fashionable for women, but high-heeled shoes are responsible for most of our foot problems. Proper foot hygiene is also needed to reduce incidence of foot pain. Always ensure that the shoes and socks that you wear are clean and dry. Wet footwear should be avoided.
Fungal infections thrive in humid conditions. Try to rest your foot. To reduce foot pain and to refresh your foot, take a footbath. Add two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a tub of warm water and soak your feet in the tub for about 15 to 20 minutes. Sometimes foot inflammation could be healed by taking ice compress. Stretching exercises that helps to stretch the foot muscles also helps to reduce foot pain. Diabetes patients should be extra careful about their foot.