Foot pain and discomfort comes in many different forms and can be an indication that something is wrong. Besides ill-fitting footwear, pain and tenderness may be the result of overuse, injury, trauma, or disease. It can limit one’s life in many ways and is a frequent complaint among adults, regardless of their age. Foot pain causes people to go to the doctor, miss work, and stop participating in activities they enjoy.
Pain Edu: Intro To Foot Pain
Are you experiencing pain or problems in your feet? Click on this video to learn more about foot pain and steps (no pun intended) you can take to decrease your pain.
The solution to your foot pain depends on the source of the pain and type of injury you may have sustained. The first step is to consult with your doctor and discuss their recommendations for treating the pain in your foot. Your doctor may recommend restrictions on specific activities, medication and/or physical therapy. You can try the following steps now to help alleviate your pain.
It is important when you are experiencing foot pain to limit your activity and rest so that your feet can heal.
Apply cold packs to your feet to help decrease your pain and the inflammation of the joints and muscles. To prevent damage to skin and surrounding tissue, cold packs should only be applied in 15 minute intervals.
If you don’t have increased pain with movement, stretching the feet and ankles can be the first step in helping to increase your range of motion and alleviate soreness.
Physical therapy consists of hands-on treatment to loosen muscles and joints, education on proper posture and movement to decrease pain, instruction on stretching and strengthening exercises to restore mobility and strength, and modalities such as electrical stimulation, cold/heat and ultrasound.
Exercises for foot pain
Following are exercises and stretches that you can try to help decrease your foot pain. Please go to LIFE+for more videos that may help you. Please consult your physician before trying these, and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.
Plantar Fascia Stretch
Toe Spread Stretch
Standing Calf Raises
Write the Alphabet Exercise
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