Our feet is one of the most overworked part of our body. Imagine if you were to take an average of 10000 steps a day, multiply it by 365 days, multiply by an average of 80 years lifespan, you would have walked around the world 4 times!!! WOWWWW !
Of course, nobody is going to walk around the world 4 times. However, what we want to stress it that for the amount of load that your feet is bearing, it is important to take good care of them and give them the best comfort. If not, it is very likely that the feet is going to face some kind of overuse injury as we grow older.
There are so many different feet issues in this world. We can categorize them into 3 general types.
Common structural issues of the feet includes flat feet and high arch feet. The causes could be due to hereditary or due to any injury sustained. With these unique structures, a person with them is likely to experience discomfort when standing or walking for long because the body is working harder to maintain stability. They could also develop knees and lower back issues.
Even though there is nothing much we can do to change the structure of the feet, it doesn't mean we cannot make ourselves feel better. Orthotics such as insoles, heel lifts, cushioning shoes are products that can align your posture straight and make you feel a lot better when you walk or stand for long period of time!
Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Bursitis, Sesamoiditis; all these are very profound words but its actually all inflammation but to the different parts of the feet. For inflammations to any part of the body, the symptoms are generally the same: Redness, tenderness, pain in the morning and after activities. These symptoms are commonly found in the affected areas.
As such, the treatments for inflammations are also roughly similar. What we need to do is to take pressure and stress off the affected area. We should also ice the affected area for about 10 minutes and it will help reduce the pain. The most important thing is to allow the affected area to recover and to do that, we must give it the best environment. Using insoles, lifts, footwear with arch support and also doing a lot of stretches on the supporting muscles can reduce the amount of pain and increase the rate of recovery.
Please do not let the picture deceive you! There are way more nerves than these yellow lines in your feet. All nerve injuries in general will experience a tingling and burning sensation in the affected area. The area is also very sensitive to pressure and it will not hesitate to send you jumping by giving you a sharp pain when contacted. What could have happened is the nerve may have been compressed by the surrounding tissues or bones. The nerve fiber could also have been broken and form into a ball at the end of the nerve. This is what is we call Neuroma.
Some examples of nerve related feet problems are like Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Morton Neuroma, Plantar Nerve Entrapment etc. It is advisable to take pressure off the affected area by using insoles or domes. Medications and vitamins are also recommended to have reduced the pain and strengthen the body.
Now that you know the basics of feet issues, you will know how to deal with them early when the symptoms appear! However, if pain persist, it is always advisable to seek professional help!