Have you noticed a reduced range of movement in your feet while walking? Does it hurt to move your foot into certain positions? You are not alone.
Our feet are the most stressed parts of our bodies. They have to support the weight of our entire body for hours at a time.
Millions of people around the world suffer from a range of conditions and diseases that limit foot function. Today we are going to cover a few.
1. PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions when it comes to foot pain.
Plantar fasciitis may be caused by small microtears and chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that connects the ball of the foot to the heel bone.
It is actually more of a degenerative condition than acutely inflammatory. Chronic inflammation is often cited as a cause of degeneration.
At least 1 in 10 people have this condition.
You most likely have plantar fasciitis if your pain is strongest in the morning when you get out of bed. The pain will typically reduce as it stretches throughout the day.
2. MORTON'S NEUROMA
Morton’s neuroma is a condition that occurs when there is repeated pressure on the ball of the foot that puts pressure on the nerves to the toes.
This condition is most commonly associated with those that wear high heels.
This type of shoe puts an unnatural bend at the ball of the foot and will exacerbate that pressure on the nerve.
An area of the nerve becomes damaged and enlarged. It also begins to behave poorly and will send pain signals at incorrect times.
This condition is located most commonly between the third and fourth toes, or the fourth and fifth, but can show between other toes.
3. TARSAL TUNNEL
Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is repeated pressure on or irritation to the posterior tibial nerve that runs along the inside of the ankle and into the foot.
This condition is characterized by a shooting or burning sensation in the foot or ankle. Numbness can also occur.
It often causes heel pain in the exact location of plantar fasciitis.
Your lack of movement may also be caused by arthritis.
Arthritis can occur at any age but is typically more common and more severe in the older population.
Arthritis is caused by chronic inflammation and results in the tenderness of the joints.
Our feet are made up of 26 bones with 30 joints.
That makes for a lot of potential areas for arthritis to target.
Gout is a common type of inflammatory arthritis that occurs when the body is unable to regulate uric acid.
This results in a large number of urate crystals throughout the body.
Gout usually occurs in sudden painful episodic attacks.
The most common area of pain is in the joint located at the base of the big toe.
The urate crystals deposit inside of the joint and cause a large inflammatory reaction.
If you think that you are suffering from one of these conditions or from another condition that limits the range of movement in your feet, we recommend seeking a professional diagnosis to develop an appropriate recovery plan.
THE HEALING SOLE CAN HELP!
The Healing Sole offers a non-invasive method of relieving foot pain by promoting your body’s natural healing processes.
The Healing Sole incorporates several treatment methods that work to offload stress and promote healing and overall foot health.
The Healing Sole also allows the foot to move in a more natural way and is designed to increase overall range-of-motion in the foot.
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Both The Healing Sole and Well Theory were created by Dr. Meredith Warner a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon and wellness expert who specializes in complex foot and ankle reconstruction at her clinic Warner Orthopedics & Wellness in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.