The Recognition and Treatment of Common Foot Problems

Your feet are an integral part of your everyday life, and as such they experience a lot of wear and tear. Because of all this use, chances are you’ll develop several foot problems throughout your life. Some people are more prone to issues than others depending on lifestyle, health status, and other factors as simple as your choice of footwear. So, what does make feet hurt?



Common causes of painful feet are injury, overuse, or health conditions that contribute to swollen and inflamed joints, ligaments, or tendons. Other injuries can be due to damaging the nerves causing intense burning, numbness, or tingling (known as Peripheral Neuropathy). Any of these forms of pain can be categorized as acute, or lasting three months or less, or chronic if the pain is ongoing for more than six months.


What are some of the most common foot problems, you ask? Although there are numerous, some of the top conditions in the feet are due to bunions, arthritis, and gout. It is essential that once the condition is identified, proper treatment is sought to prevent re-occurrence or contribute to the increase in the severity of the pain.
One of the most common foot problems today are bunions. A bunion is a bony bump that has formed on the joint located at the base of the big toe. The presence of this bump causes the big toe to bend inwardly against the other toes, and this force causes the joint at the base of the big toe to stick out. Visually, this bump is seemingly inflamed with redness and is sore. The most evident symptoms of a bunion are the presence of the lump, swelling, corns, or calluses that develop where the toes are rubbing together, and limited movement of the big toe.


Another well-known condition contributing to foot pain is arthritis, the inflammation of joints. This inflammation can affect one or multiple joints. The two most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid (RA). Symptoms can appear suddenly or over time, and the most at-risk groups are those who are overweight, overuse their joints, and those older than 65 years of age. Common symptoms are a decrease in range of motion, stiffness, and swelling.


Most common in men, gout is a condition that causes lingering discomfort, intense joint pain usually affecting the larger joint of the big toe, and redness accompanied by inflammation. This condition is a complex form of arthritis. Gout occurs when uric acid crystals are deposited in the affected joint, causing the pain, inflammation, and the breakdown of cartilage in the foot.


For the reduction of foot pain, numerous remedies and treatment options can be used. Some of the most natural steps are through choosing the proper footwear. While many people often choose fashion over comfort. It is essential to choose something comfortable and fitting for your foot precisely. This means limiting common risk factors such as high heels or any ill-fitting shoe.

 


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