Why Do My Feet Hurt?

Posted by Jesse Flores on

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Sore feet can simply be the product of standing too long on the job or walking all day on a family outing. But in some instances, a sore heel or sharp pain in your foot can be a sign of other ailments. 

While you should always consult your doctor if you're experiencing extreme pain, here's a quick and dirty” low-down of some of the symptoms, causes, and treatments of various foot maladies. 

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis is caused by an overuse of the Achilles (uh-KILL-eez) tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. 

Symptoms 

  • A mild ache at the impacted joint
  • Episodes of severe pain after prolonged exercise
  • Tenderness
  • Mild swelling 

Causes

  • A naturally flat arch
  • Obesity
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Running in worn-out shoes
  • Not enough foot support 

Prevention/Treatment:

Haglund's Deformity

Haglund's Deformity is a condition that affects the bone in the foot as well as the tissue. The bone can rub against the heel tissue near the Achilles, irritating both the tissue and the bursa that lies between the bone and the tendon. 

Symptoms:

  • A large, painful bump on the back of your heel
  • Swelling of the heel 
  • Redness at the heel
  • Pain in the area where the heel and the Achilles attach

Causes:

Prevention/Treatment:

Broken Foot

While it probably seems obvious that a broken foot would cause pain, sometimes the pain isn't as severe as you would think. Fractures can vary from tiny cracks to more serious breaks that pierce the skin.

Symptoms:

  • Immediate pain
  • Pain that increases with activity and decreases with rest
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity
  • Difficulty in walking or bearing weight

Causes:

  • Overuse
  • Accidents/Falls
  • Missteps

Prevention/Treatment:

  • Wear proper shoes
  • Cross-train 
  • Watch your step!

Metatarsalgia 

This is a condition where the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. 
You might develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose.

Symptoms:

  • Sharp pain in the ball of your foot
  • Pain that worsens when you stand, run, or walk 
  • Sharp, shooting pain or tingling in toes

Causes:

  • Intense training
  • A high arch
  • Poor-fitting shoes 
  • High heels

Prevention/Treatments:

  • Shock-absorbing insoles
  • Ice
  • Rest 

Plantar Fasciitis 

If you have heel pain, it's most likely caused by Plantar fasciitis. WebMD calls it one of the most common causes of this kind of pain. It's caused by inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes(plantar fascia). 

Symptoms:

  • Stabbing pain with your first steps in the morning 
  • Stabbing pain after long periods of standing or rising after sitting 

Causes:

  • Repetitive stretching 
  • In many cases, the cause isn't clear

Prevention/Treatments:

In many of these instances, foot pain can be relieved or prevented by wearing shoes with the proper support

If you have any of the symptoms above, be sure to consult your doctor, but also make sure your shoes and your inserts are supporting your feet whether you’re standing, running, lifting weights, or walking. 

Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. If you experience persistent pain, consult your healthcare provider.


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