Do you have foot pain?
Depending on the reason, foot pain might shoot up quickly or gradually. At times, you experience foot pain after an accident. However, it is possible for symptoms to appear later.
There are other possibilities as to why you have foot pain. In this article, let’s discuss foot pain further. We will discuss possible symptoms and what an initial assessment may look like. We will also talk about some DIY foot care tips.
Who can experience foot pain?
Although everyone can get foot pain, some people are more likely to experience it. Here are a few factors that may increase the likelihood of developing foot pain:
- walking style (gait), such as inward rolling of the feet
- wearing of high heels
- shoes that are too small
- running or jumping on a hard surface.
You are encouraged to contact your doctor if you have:
- foot pain that is sudden and severe
- recent accident or fall
- walking is impossible
- infection symptoms such as redness or swelling
- tingling, numbness, or burning pain
- foot weakness.
Who should I see for foot pain?
If you have symptoms of foot pain, you should see your GP as a good starting point. Podiatrists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and sports doctors are other healthcare practitioners who may be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of foot pain.
How do I get assessed for foot pain?
Foot pain may be typically mild and may go away on its own. However, in some cases, the pain may be evaluated by a doctor or health practitioner. Your doctor will take the time to understand the pain and its causes.
Your feet will be thoroughly inspected to know the source of your foot pain. The initial assessment may include checking of the nails and soles. The doctor or healthcare provider will want to know when and how the symptoms began. Some simple movements may be required of you.
Imaging tests may be required in some cases. X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, bone scans, and ultrasounds are examples of imaging tests. Your doctor will decide which ones you may need before coming up with a diagnosis.
Following a diagnosis of foot pain, a medical practitioner will evaluate the best pain treatment alternatives.
Different ways to take care of your feet
It is important to take good care of your feet. They should be washed and dried on a regular basis.
Inspect them for anything out of the ordinary, such as wounds, blisters, or changes in your nails or skin. You can seek assistance sooner if you are conscious of your feet and any changes that might take place.
Footwear or shoes
Invest in comfortable, well-fitting footwear. Look for shoes that are lightweight, flexible at the toe joints, and durable.
Leather shoes may be better than synthetic shoes because your feet can ‘breathe’ better.
Orthotics may help relieve pain by transferring pressure away from the problematic spot and supporting the arch. You can buy off-the-shelf orthotics or have orthotics that are custom-made to your feet by a healthcare practitioner. Orthotics may help a range of conditions such as flat feet, high arches, and mild cases of cavus foot.
Swimming and other non-weight-bearing workouts may be effective for foot pain since they relieve pressure on the problematic areas.
There are different types of foot pain. If you experience this, the pain may range depending on its nature and how severe it is. If you experience any of the symptoms discussed earlier, it would be good to see your doctor.
Meanwhile, you may choose to follow the tips we mentioned to take care of your feet better.