Why Do I Have Foot Pain?

Do you have frequent foot pain?  Many people think that it is normal to experience foot pain whenever you spend much time on your feet.  However, foot pain doesn’t have to be a regular part of your life.  There are many different conditions that can cause foot pain.  Read on to learn more about the different conditions that could be a factor in your foot pain.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the name of a foot condition that refers to an inflammation of the plantar fascia.  The plantar fascia is a ligament that attaches the heel to the toes and serves as the source of support for the foot’s arch.  If the plantar fascia gets inflamed, it can be quite painful.

Plantar fasciitis normally does not happen suddenly; instead, it is the type of injury that occurs slowly, over an extended period of time. Many people first notice the pain when they get up out of bed in the morning.  Often, the pain is described as feeling like the bottoms of the feet are stretched too tight.

This pain can also occur after you have been sitting for a long period of time.  Typically, moving around a bit helps to relieve the pain, but extended periods of time on the feet can make the pain worse.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by small tears in the plantar fascia.  You may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you overpronate (roll your feet inward when you walk), have high arches or flat feet, spend a lot of time on your feet (especially on hard surfaces), engage in repetitive activities, are overweight, or wear shoes that don’t fit properly.

Bunions

A bunion is a bony growth on the toe that is located at the joint near the base of the big toe.  A bunion that grows on another toe is known as a bunionette.  A bunion may cause the big toe to look like it is crooked or like it is pointing toward the smaller toes.  A bunion develops because the big toe has been crowded against the smaller toes, forcing the joint to bend in the opposite direction.  The joint then becomes enlarged, which exacerbates the crowding of the smaller toes.

A bunion looks like a large bump on the side of the big toe.  The skin around the bunion may be red and calloused.  The pain caused by bunions tends to be worse when a person is walking or just wearing shoes.

Morton’s Neuroma

A neuroma is a growth of nerve tissue.  When the neuroma is located in the foot, it is known as a Morton’s neuroma.  A neuroma can develop anywhere in the body where a nerve has been damaged.  A neuroma is sometimes referred to as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor, but a neuroma is not cancerous.  Morton’s neuromas usually are located between the third and fourth toes.  The pain caused by a Morton’s neuroma is often described as feeling like there is a rock in the shoe.  It can cause a burning, numb, tingling sensation.

Plantar fasciitis, bunions, and Morton’s neuroma are three common sources of foot pain.  All of these conditions can be improved with a visit to Foot Solutions.  Proper footwear has an amazing potential to resolve foot pain.  If you are suffering from any type of foot pain, visit Foot Solutions.

We will help you to find shoes that fit properly and give you the support that you need in order to minimize your foot pain.  You don’t have to deal with foot pain every day.  Stop by Foot Solutions today to learn more.