Do any of these foot pain causing conditions sound familiar? They could be the cause of your foot pain, and the more you know about them the easier it ease to treat your feet!
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain—especially in middle age adults. In sufferers of plantar fasciitis the plantar fascia (a fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot) is inflamed. The condition isn’t found in children because they heal quickly, and doesn’t strike older people because they aren’t performing lots of activities. People between the age of 40 and 65 are most susceptible, especially those that are overweight.
The Achilles tendon attaches the heel bone to the back of the foot. It can easily become irritated or inflamed when overused. Tendonitis is the outcome of overuse, Runners and ladies who wear high heels are most likely to develop tendonitis. Rheumatoid arthritis and gout can also lead to tendonitis, but it is less common.
Do you ever feel as if you’re standing on a pebble stuck inside your shoe? This is feeling can be caused by Morton Neuroma, which is a condition that causes pain in the ball of your foot and centers ear the third and fourth toes. High heel shoes, tennis, running and other high-impact sports can trigger this condition. Repetitive pounding on hard surfaces can lead to trauma to the nerves near the front of your feet. Bunions, hammertoes, high arches or flat feet can all also lead to Morton’s Neuroma.
Bunions and Hammertoe
Wearing shoes that are too tight can cause both bunions and hammertoes, and each condition is severely painful. The joints will experience pain when shoes rub against them and cause inflammation, swelling and redness. Bunions cause a painful bump at the base of the big toe, and in some cases causes the toe to turn diagonally. Hammertoe occurs when one of the toe muscles weakens, puts pressure on the tendons and joints, causing the toe to stick up at the joint.
A callus is the body’s way of preventing blisters from developing. Without a callus, the pressure and friction would irritate the skin and create tight, fluid filled blisters. Unfortunately calluses aren’t very helpful if they form on the ball of the foot, heel or on top of bunions or hammertoes. Points where calluses form can be a pressure spot that is incredibly painful when you walk.