Our feet are the most used (and abused) part of our body. The feet carries our weight most of the day when we work, walk, and even play. Getting it hurt or feeling tension and stress in it is possible. Like any other body part, taking care of the feet is crucial so that we ensure that our feet are working at its best.
On a typical day, a normal person would take about 8,000 to 10,000 steps. With each step, about 2-3 times of the usual force is placed on our feet. It is no surprise that 70% of people will suffer from foot pain at some time of their lives.
Let us take a look into what comprises our foot. It is a complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints layered with an intertwining web of more than 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Imagine this composition if one part gets affected by pain, untoward incident or injury, or a foot problem, it will surely end up into foot pain.
Some of the causes of foot pains are heel pain, ball of foot pain (metatarsalgia), callous and corns, arch pain, bunions, flat feet, Achilles Tendonitis, and aching feet. Knee pain, lower back pain, and shin pain can also cause pain. Of course, there are other causes specific to a person. The treatment varies depending on its cause.
So, what do you need to do when you are suffering from foot pain? First thing in mind should be to take care of your feet before anything else. Be kind to your feet. Wear appropriate and right shoes and foot wear. Give your feet a break. Do not overtire them and give them frequent rests as they deserve. Pamper your feet with a spa and a nice massage.
When you are already experiencing foot pain, here are some of the simple things you can do to lessen the pain.
1. Take rest breaks for your feet. You can elevate it a bit when you have had a walk or just have used it. You can massage it lightly as you are resting. A warm compress can also help relax the muscles and improve blood flow.
2. Seeing a podiatrist can help you assess how you use your feet and how you can take care of them. A podiatrist can assess your condition well and see whether there are underlying reasons for your foot pain. You are given proper advise and treatment.
3. Use of appropriate foot products that can help your feet function to its best form.
You do not have to suffer from foot pain. Understand how your feet works and what you need to do to take care of them. Afterwards, you will realize you should be doing more for what supports your whole body than what you already know.
Diether Franklin is a researcher and resource speaker specializing in foot care. His advice is simple to understand and very practical. You can read and learn more from him at http://drfoot.co.uk/
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