4 Common Foot Pain Misconceptions

When it comes to foot pain, common misconceptions keep many people from getting the treatment they should. In fact, foot pain is often thought to be an inevitable side effect of exercise, playing sports, or even getting older. That simply couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only do you not have to live with foot pain, but the reasons for your foot pain might not be what you think. Don’t miss this expert guide to common foot pain misconceptions:

Heel Pain Must Be From a Bruise

Is quick, jolting heel pain accompanying your first few steps out of bed in the morning? You might think you have a bruise on your heel or stepped on something sharp, but turns out heel pain is actually the number one symptom of common foot injuries like plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis.

Pain under the heel often results from wear and tear of the plantar fascia, a band of thick tissue that runs the length of your foot from your heel to your toes. An inflamed plantar fascia from overuse or improper pronation can cause pain under the heel and towards your foot arch. Inflammation of the achilles tendon (which runs along the back of your calf to your heel) on the other hand will cause pain just behind the heel and sometimes up your calf.

An Itchy Foot Must Be Athlete’s Foot

While athlete’s foot is a fairly prevalent condition and easily contractible, there are a handful of other reasons your foot might feel overly itchy. Autoimmune conditions like psoriasis can cause rough, dry, scaly, and itchy patches on your body, including your feet. Allergic responses like eczema can also cause itchy blisters and dry, scaly skin on the bottoms and sides of the feet as well.

Other potential culprits like skin dermatitis may result from contact with an allergen in your shoe too and lead to an itchy rash. And lack of foot care that leads to dry cracked skin on and around the foot can also cause frequent itching and peeling.

Foot Pain Is Purely Physical

You might think that foot pain can only derive from physical injuries like a stubbed toe, plantar fasciitis, sprained ankle, or bone deformity, but turns out, genes, the brain, and serious medical conditions might play a role as well. One nervous system condition that can cause foot pain is called peripheral neuropathy.

When nerves in the foot are damaged or destroyed due to an infection, a disease like diabetes, a metabolic disorder, or toxin exposure, pain, numbness, and tingling might be felt. Other medical conditions like Morton’s neuroma (swelling of a nerve in the ball of the foot), gout and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as osteomyelitis (bone infection) can cause moderate to severe heel and foot pain too.

Footwear Doesn’t Really Make that Big of a Difference

Do you wear high heels everyday but swear that they’re not the cause of your chronic foot pain? Jogging in the same running shoes you’ve had for five years and clueless as to why you’re feet might be hurting? Footwear actually plays a significant role in your degree of foot pain, and truly your knee, hip, and back pain as well.

Your feet take a pounding day in and day out, simply from the thousands of steps you take with normal daily activity (and that doesn’t include exercise!). Footwear which disrupts proper pronation can place added stress on the arch of your foot and have cascading effects up the leg, straining leg muscles, destabilizing the knee joint, and tugging at the lower back. If chronic pain has you constantly rubbing your feet, it might be time to rethink the shoes you are wearing.

The Good News About Foot Pain

The good news is that most injury-induced foot pain can be healed without surgical intervention. For example, a sprained ankle or swollen plantar fascia can be aided with ice and heat therapy, rest, over the counter pain relievers, and massage. Click here to see the . Stretching and strengthening foot, ankle, and lower leg muscles and tendons can also help fortify your foot against future injury and pain.

Even conditions like neuropathy, psoriasis, and athlete’s foot have treatment options available to mitigate uncomfortable and painful symptoms. If foot pain is sidelining your day to day activity levels, you  might consider asking your doctor for a referral to a podiatrist. Those type of foot specialists can more comprehensively evaluate and diagnose your foot pain, and customize a treatment plan that will work to get you back on your feet faster.

 

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