Whether your toddler keeps you on your toes all day long or your job profession, such as being a teacher, requires you to stand for an extended period, your feet are supporting you, quite LITERALLY!
Even so, many people neglect foot care; thus begin to experience swelling, pain, and frequent numbness in their feet.
Additionally, the pain could be sudden, due to an undiagnosed medical condition or lifestyle change. Whatever the cause may be, one must consult a qualified doctor immediately.
Read on to know more!
What Are The Causes Of Foot Pain?
The cause of foot pain could range from nerve damage and injury to overstretching and peripheral artery disease. However, to simplify the explanation, we’ve categorized it into two parts:
1. Lifestyle Choice:
- Wearing high-heeled shoes
- Wearing the wrong size of footwear
- Indulging in high-impact exercises such as jogging or aerobic
2. Medical Conditions:
- Clogged or hardened arteries in the legs
- Foot injury
- Athlete’s foot
- Medication causing swelling
- Ingrown toenails
If the reason for pain is not any lifestyle choice stated above, you must visit the doctor to get diagnosed and address the condition immediately.
How To Get Relief?
There are several ways in which you can alleviate the discomfort. Some of them are listed below.
1. Draw A Foot Bath
A warm foot bath with Epsom salt is a great way to reduce swelling and get instant relief. Soaking your feet for about 20 minutes in lukewarm water boosts blood circulation, eases muscle cramps, treats toenail fungus, and soothes nerves.
Foot soak is particularly essential if your work requires you to stay on standby 24*7 as it will take merely a few minutes for water and Epsom salt to do their magic.
2. Get Foot Orthotics
In a few cases, the pain is due to an abnormality of the foot. It may affect the ankles, knees, hips, and other bodies. If not addressed, it can affect mobility and joint alignment. Fortunately, custom orthotics (medical soles) can align the feet and ankle to lower the stress on joints and muscles.
These are worn inside the shoes, made of durable materials to withstand your everyday life. As a result, it enhances postural alignment, prevents future injuries, increases strength, and improves mobility.
3. Change Your Shoes
If the culprit of your ache is the wrong footwear, it is high time you change them. But how would you know if your footwear is right or not? Well, you can keep the following things into consideration.
- High heels without adequate arches are not recommended.
- Your feet size changes even when you are an adult. So, always check your feet size before buying new shoes.
- Sneakers generally wear out after 400 or 500 miles.
- Make sure you have the right shoes for the suitable activity (NO, sneakers are not ideal for a workout!)
To Sum It All Up
It is never wise to ignore the pain, be it of any kind. Therefore, if the suffering continues even after taking a pain reliever, consult a qualified and reputed doctor immediately.
They can diagnose the condition and provide appropriate treatment.