Why Does My Feet Hurt? (Or My Shin, Knee and Back)

This post is to demystify the secrecy behind foot pain. In case you are wondering why your feet, knee or lower back hurts suddenly, this article will give you some clue.

Most people don't really know why their feet hurts. Many people who experience some kind of foot pain, the first response is to massage the area. The next thing they do is to perhaps see a doctor, who might then give some painkillers or refer them to a specialist which might take a couple of months to get an appointment or cost a lot.

The truth is, the principles behind foot pain is quite simple. Pain is typically a signal from the nerves around a muscle or joint indicating that area is over stressed. So why is that area over stressed?

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There are 26 bones in each foot, and they are connected by joints. The chance that any part gets over strained is actually quite high, since there are so many connecting points. When an area of foot is being over stressed, the body tends to compensate it by exerting more stress in some other areas like your shin, knees or back. It does so to keep you in balance. That is why foot pain usually also comes with lower body aches.

The cause of over straining any part of the foot is most often due to one's lifestyle (high impact on your feet through physical activities) or inappropriate footwear that forces your feet to behave in an abnormal way. Both these factors put extra stress on a specific part of the foot.

For example, when wearing heels 1.5 inches or higher, the entire body weight is almost localized on the few tiny, slim bones at the forefoot.

For example, when wearing heels 1.5 inches or higher, the entire body weight is almost localized on the few tiny, slim bones at the forefoot.

So while massage may relieve the tension in that area, to relieve pain completely, one only has to change how pressure is distributed across the foot. In other words, once we take excessive pressure off the pain area, the pain typically will go away. This can be easily done by donning footwear that are supportive of your feet structure and lifestyle, and wearing insoles that can absorb impact and redistribute weight across your feet. 

Once that happens, you might realize that pain in other parts of your legs and back are also relieved. So next time you or your family have any foot pain, try changing your shoes to something more appropriate. Or try getting insoles.

If you are unsure what insoles or shoes to wear, you can always give us a call and we'll be happy to help :)