Whether it is minor or severe, pain in your foot could indicate a problem that may ultimately decrease your mobility. Here are a few common causes of foot pain:
- Overuse: Walking and running on hard surfaces and extensive activity when you are overweight can all lead to foot pain. Achilles tendinitis is one complication of overuse that causes heel pain and soreness in the Achilles tendon. Bursitis is another problem that can result from overuse and occurs when a bursal sac, which reduces friction between the moving parts of your foot, becomes inflamed. Symptoms of bursitis include pain when wearing shoes and a reduced range of motion.
- Ill-Fitting Shoes: Wearing shoes that do not fit properly is a common cause of foot pain. People who wear high-heeled shoes that pinch the toes together may get bunions. These develop when the big toe is pointed towards the second toe, causing a bump to form on the outside edge of the big toe. Wearing shoes that do not provide support for your foot can also lead to painful strains throughout the foot. Before buying a pair of shoes, ask for a fitting and avoid shoes with narrow toe boxes or heels over an inch.
- Arch Trouble: Some individuals are born with arches that are flat or too high. Feet can also become flat over time. Identifying if your arch may be abnormal at home can be done using a “wet test,” where you examine the prints left by your wet feet. Having a narrow band connect the ball of your foot to your heel can indicate a high arch, while having a very thick band between the two halves of your foot is often a sign of a flat foot. Whether your arch may be too high or too low, consultation with a podiatrist is necessary to receive treatment and recommendations on supportive footwear.
If you are experiencing ongoing foot pain, then a podiatrist can help you diagnose and treat the causes of your discomfort. For more information on foot pain or to schedule a podiatry appointment, call Family Foot Center today at (718) 767-5555.