Foot pain can be due to a problem in any part of the foot. Bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, fascia, toenail beds, nerves, blood vessels, or skin can be the source of foot pain.
The causes of these problems can be injuries, footwear or just the way our natural gait adds stress to our limbs.
Some of the common causes of foot pain are:
Heel pain & arch pain - mostly caused by Plantar Fasciitis - The pain is caused by inflammation or irritation of the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes.
Heel Spurs are abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of the heel bone that may be caused by an abnormal gait, posture or walking, inappropriate shoes, or certain activities, like running.
Stepping on a hard object which develops into a deep bruise of the fat pad of the heel or ball of foot is called a stone bruise. A high impact to the heel can result in a small crack to a the bone. One of the most common fractured foot bones is the heel bone.
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A more rare ball of foot pain is Sesamoiditis, which occurs when tendons around the big toe are injured and inflamed.
Unless you have strained your toe, pain can be caused by a number of reasons: gout or arthritis. Gout can be treated with medication and diet but arthritis may be treated with heat therapy and supplements, always consult your doctor .
Our natural biomechanics (the way you walk and run) can affect our feet, knees, back and posture. A gait analysis can be booked with any podiatrist and they will assess how your foot pronates - how your foot rolls inward when you walk or run. Excessive Pronation is usually described as pronation greater than the 4º - 6º of intrinsic compensatory pronation that the body allows.
There is a direct casual link between excessive pronation and many common lower limb conditions such as foot and ankle pain, knee and leg pain and hip and lower back pain. Often these symptoms are the result of untreated excessive pronation. Orthosole orthotics can be bought to fit into your shoes that support the foot structures and limit pronation. That is, by realigning, controlling and supporting the foot structures, Orthosole orthotics limit the amount of excessive pronation that painful lower limb conditions cause such as: Bunions, Weak ankles, shin pain, hip pain, Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs, Lower back pain, knee pain, tired aching legs and corns and callouses. A visit to the Podiatrist is advised if you are unsure of the cause of your foot pain.