Your feet are often taken for granted, until they become sore and you struggle to find relief. There are many different problems that can cause foot pain ranging from heel spurs to sciatica. Let’s look at a few of the most common types of foot pain and what you can do to test it yourself and then find that much-needed relief.
Heel spur/plantar fasciitis – Most times this pain is brought on by either walking a lot more than you are used to, or walking in a different type of shoe such as sandals in the summer. It can come on more gradually from shoes that are breaking down, or from gradually walking or running more. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, or the more chronic heel spur, the pain would be the worst when you first put weight on your feet in the morning. Using ice should help a little, and rolling your foot over a golf ball should feel sore, at first, then actually feel a little better. For self treatment, put your foot on an ice pack for 15 minutes, roll your foot over a golf ball for about 2 minutes, and be sure to wear good shoes, even in the house when it’s really sore. You may benefit from some Chiropractic adjustments to the joints of your foot as well as getting more arch support for flat feet. Sometimes with flat feet, a good shoe is not enough. We often encourage you to try an off-the-shelf arch support first, but if this still isn’t enough, then you may need custom orthotic arch supports. We are able to fit these custom made orthotic arch supports. Most insurance companies help cover the costs.
Part two will cover foot pain from shin splints, sciatica and arthritis.