You might have the wrong shoes. Check your feet to see if you might need more stability and/or cushioning. Also, try inserting heel lifts so that your calves don’t have to stretch as far. You can buy these at your local drugstore, or use makeup sponges as a substitute. Finally, check to make sure that you have good running form. In particular, be sure that you aren’t leaning forward too much. If you slouch forward when you run, you may be pulling too hard on your calf muscles. When the associated problem is from poor arch support, a good pair or Shoe Orthotics can help remedy the situation.
The other place that we can experience foot pain is in the back area of our feet. Any foot pain that we may feel begins at the back of the foot. It then extends across from the heel area and across the sole of the foot all the way to the ball of the foot. Before you choose the best shoes for foot problems , you must know first what kind of problem your foot has. If you know exactly the problem, you can then try to find the right shoes.
Women are at higher risk than men for severe foot pain, probably because of wearing high-heeled shoes, and possibly because of wearing shoes that may be too narrow. Older Women- Severe foot pain appears to be a major cause of general disability in older women. In one study, 14% of older disabled women reported chronic, severe foot pain, which played a major role in requiring assistance for walking and doing daily activities. People who engage in regular high-impact aerobic exercise are at risk for plantar fasciitis , heel spurs, sesamoiditis, shin splints , Achilles tendinopathy , and stress fractures Medical Conditions
Foot pain can affect any part of your foot, from your toes to your Achilles tendon at the back of your heel Some foot pain is just an annoyance, but foot pain can also be more serious, especially if it?s the result of an injury or certain chronic conditions. Minor foot pain usually responds well to home treatment but more severe foot pain needs medical attention. If not treated, some types of foot pain can lead to long-term damage or disability. Injury to the toenail can cause pooling of blood under the nail and the permanent or temporary loss of a toenail.
Morton’s neuroma – usually centered between third and fourth toes and causes tingling and sharp shooting, or burning pains in the ball of your foot and sometimes toes, especially when wearing shoes or pressing on the area. Pain grows worse over time and is more common in women. Plantar fasciitis – inflammation of the thick connective tissue on the sole of your foot that attaches to your heel. The pain is usually felt at the bottom of your heel and is often worse in the morning because of stiffness that occurs overnight.
Most conditions in the ball of the foot can be successfully treated in the office. Like many other foot problems, if left untreated, the body will compensate leading to pain elsewhere. If you experience pain in the ball of your foot, start by wearing quality, supportive shoes consistently. If the pain persists, then call my office and tell Kara you need to see me. Sesamoids are bones embedded into a tendon. Sesamoids can be found in many joints throughout the body. The sesamoids in the foot look like two little pea-shaped bones that can be found within the ball of the foot, on the underside of the big toe?s joint.
Treatment usually starts with switching to shoes that have wide toe boxes, low heels and good arch support. A foot-care specialist may also recommend an adhesive pad to fit under the front of your foot. Custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics, can correct any structural foot problems that might contribute to nerve compression. Generally, these symptoms grow worse over time, but some people have stated that their severe symptoms began suddenly. Symptoms have been known to occur in this manner after people increase their physical activity. Check your feet daily for problems. Cover blisters or minor cuts and scrapes; see your doctor if they haven?t healed in two or three days.
Spending too much of your day in high heels can result in tight calf muscles and subsequently ankle joint equinus. The body adapts to the demands that are placed upon it. If you wear high heels the distance between the heel and knee is decreased and the calf muscles will contract in order to compensate for this shorter distance. Then when you put on your flatter shoes and try to walk the tight calf muscles interferes with the ability of the ankle joint to function as it should to provide pain -free walking.