Feet Aren’t Supposed to Hurt: 10 Things that Cause Foot Pain
“I can come into your store with pain in both feet, and your specialists help me walk out of the store feeling as if I am walking on clouds.” – Gina
- High Heels and Pointy Toes
High heels put pressure on the toes and can lead to sprained ankles, stress fractures, bursitis, and neuroma (inflamed nerves between the bones in your feet) that make every step painful. And shoes with narrow, pointy toes can irritate bunions.
- You Injured Your Hip, Your Knees or Your Back
Sometimes injuries in your hip(s), knees or back can throw your walk off-balance, which can lead to bursitis (an inflamed joint), stress fractures or neuroma.
- Your Shoes Don’t Fit Right
Shoes that don’t fit correctly can lead to foot pain. Shoes that are too tight or narrow put pressure on the toes which then rub against your shoes, which can result in painful, irritated feet. Walking in poorly-fitting shoes can also cause problems in the muscles, joints and ligaments in your leg, feet, back and hip areas.
- You’ve Lost or Gained Weight
A weight change of even just 10 pounds can make your foot muscles expand or contract, potentially impacting the support that your shoes provide. And pregnancy—which changes a woman’s center of gravity, causes foot and leg fatigue and increases pressure on the feet and knees—is a common cause of foot pain. Some women’s feet also grow in size during pregnancy, so it’s important to get properly fitted and wear supportive footwear.
- You’ve Started a New Fitness Activity
Some high-impact, high-intensity workouts can put a lot of stress on your feet. Start slowly, increase gradually, and always get the right shoe for that particular activity. The athletic footwear that works for one activity doesn’t necessarily work for others.
- You Stand for Long Periods of Time
Working in a standing position for long hours can lead to painful, swollen feet and legs. The increased strain on your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons can result in other issues. The proper support and footwear can be very helpful.
- You Have High Arches or Flat Feet
Your natural foot shape can be a source of pain. High arches can strain the ligaments outside the ankle, and flat feet can strain the ligaments on the inside of the ankle.
- You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pain and stiffness in the forefront area might be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis, a common site for this type of foot discomfort. Forefoot pain is one of the first signs of rheumatoid arthritis, and 90% of people with this form of arthritis will experience pain in their foot joints.
- You Have Diabetes
A diagnosis means extra-special care for your feet to prevent problems with nerve pain, circulation, joint and muscle issues, and infections. Do what you can to prevent diabetic peripheral neuropathy, caused by long-term high blood sugar levels. This most common form of diabetic neuropathy can impact the toes, feet, arms and hands. Some 60 to 70% of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy.
- You’re Experiencing Plantar Fasciitis
If your heels (and sometimes arches) hurt—especially when you first get up in the morning—you might have plantar fasciitis, caused by inflamed tissue that runs from the heel through the arch of the foot. Around 1 in 10 people develop plantar fasciitis, which most commonly strikes people between the ages as 40 and 60, and is twice as likely to occur as women as in men.
At Foot Solutions we’re specialists in pain relief, with the expertise to help you find footwear that puts you comfortably back in balance, aligns your body properly, and gives you the comfort and energy to fully enjoy life.
Foot Solutions can help you with foot (and heel, leg, knee, hip and back) pain associated with these and other conditions. We know your time is valuable, so please make an appointment for your FREE holistic foot analysis and expert shoe fitting as soon as possible. When your feet are happy, you feel happy!