Foot Pain - tips and information

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Since: Sep 11

Mumbai

#1 Jul 9, 2012
Feet in the human beings are subject to physical stress and pressure, be it walking on bad roads, climbing steps, standing in Ques, running, exercising or playing sports. This can render the tendons and muscles in the foot vulnerable to injuries. If you only deal with the signs and symptoms but not the underlying problems, your feet will eventually keep getting worse. The pain caused by foot injuries is often recurrent if not treated properly.
Usually, the problem in question is that your shoes don't fit right or that you were born with certain foot problems. Other factors have also come into play, for instance putting on extra weight as you age can add a tremendous amount of pressure to your feet. Regardless of why your feet are hurt, here are some ways that you can adopt to prevent foot pain.
1. Measure Your Feet
Shoes that are too tight can make your feet hurt even more. Measure your feet for you when you are standing. It would be great if you do this every time you want to buy a new pair of shoes. Some other ways that you get the right fit are for instance, try on the shoes when your feet are at their largest - swelling, fit shoes to your largest foot if you have one foot bigger than the other, and make sure that there is at least a half-inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
2. Make Your Exercise Interesting
If your feet hurts because you give them a regular pounding every time you take a brisk walk, change your routine. For instance, alternate between weight-bearing activities such as running and non-weight-bearing activities such as cycling.
3. Modify Your Stretch Times
The Achilles tendon stretches can help alleviate heel pain when it strikes, but you should also do them routinely. Be sure to stretch before and after exercising. Also, stretch before going to sleep and before getting out of bed in the morning. Though you might think your legs and feet are relaxed at night, most people sleep with their feet pointed keeping the Achilles tight all night long. Therefore, just by stretching before you rise, you can get your feet off to a good start.
4. Switch To Running Or Walking Shoes
If your foot's natural padding has eroded over time, wear sneakers. They have extra cushioning in the heel, which will make up for your reduced, natural fat pads.
5.If you find your joints are stiff or inflamed, then be sure to take necessary rest and stay off your feet until they feel better.
Periods of regular rest are essential to your feet's well being.
6. Lose some weight if you are carrying extra poundage.
Any extra weight adds both stress to weight-bearing joints and can also initiate the development of future foot problems. Think of this as being a longer term project i.e. that you don`t have to lose all the weight at once. Any excess weight you can lose will have a corresponding benefit for your long suffering feet!
7. Remember to exercise on a regular basis.
Aim to stay active and flexible. Walking, swimming and yoga are excellent activities and will assist in promoting superb foot health.
8. Concentrate on developing and maintaining a good posture.
This will keep your body weight even distributed over each foot.
9. Maintain a healthy diet - this will assist enormously in promoting long term foot health and a sense of general well being
10. Avoid a stressful lifestyle - stress can sometimes exacerbate an existing arthritic condition.
11. Avoid smoking, and excesses of caffeine and alcohol, protein and fat.
12. Above all, maintain regular communication with your doctor and notify of any changes in the condition of your feet.
JessieE

Stockbridge, GA

#2 Sep 3, 2012
These are really tips for helping to deal with foot and leg pain!
One thing that helped me was when I read about a company called Good Feet and their arch supports. I bought em and I loved em. Check them out at www.goodfeet.com .

Since: Sep 12

Chennai, India

#3 Oct 14, 2012
A few tips to prevent foot pain:
Pay Attention to Hygiene and Pedicures
Be Alert to Age-Related Changes
Wear Shoes That Fit
Give Your Arches the Support They Deserve
Reconsider the Stilettos and Flip-Flops
Pick Your Barefoot Moments.

Since: Sep 11

Mumbai

#4 Oct 19, 2012
vijaykumar

thanks for the valuable inputs
Claire Reynolds

Orlando, FL

#6 Aug 26, 2014
The first things to check for when you have foot pain are whether your shoes are giving your feet the support they need and whether your stride is causing the pain. You can make an appointment with a podiatrist to find these things out.

Claire Reynolds || http://www.southlakepodiatry.com.au

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