Are your feet crying out in pain? Is one foot or both feet causing you swelling, soreness, burning or itchy symptoms? Foot problems are extremely common. And not surprising since all your weight has a heavy impact on such a small area.
Each foot is constructed of 26 bones, creating 33 joints, held together by more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. As such, there are numerous reasons for your feet to become swollen, sore or painful.
Probably the greatest foot comfort offender is wearing shoes that don’t fit. Beyond symptoms related to ill-fitting shoes, two other general causes for various foot problems are aging and being overweight. The following are many additional causes of foot pain, swollen feet, sore feet, foot pain and other foot problem symptoms.
Swollen feet could be a sign of serious health problem, for instance:
Too much salt may also contribute to foot swelling, try cutting back. Also, standing for long time causes blood to pool in your feet, elevating them above your heart helps reduce this cause for swelling. However, if your feet and ankles are chronically swollen, then let your health care provider in on the problem.
Burning Feet Syndrome is a neurologic disorder that causes the bottom of your feet to feel an annoying burning sensation. This foot problem may arise in concert with:
- kidney problems
- vitamin B deficiency
- spinal cord degeneration
- causalgia due to sciatic nerve injury
Stress Bone Fracture develops because overtired muscles in your feet fail to help absorb the shock of repeated impact. This foot problem is categorized as an overuse injury that frequently results from sports involving repetitive foot pounding on hard surfaces, such as distant running and basketball. Stress fractures typically occur in the second and third metatarsals, causing either a sharp or dull pain on top of your foot at the site of the broken bone.
Bone Spurs are calcium deposits that buildup on bones of your feet, which can cause extreme pain symptoms with every step. They are often associated with the stress of being overweight, badly fitting shoes or long periods of standing. You can treat them yourself by wearing foot supports, heel pads or foot cups, but some spurs end up requiring surgery.
Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of your foot. This foot problem often makes for painful walking. Soreness relief is generally by giving your feet a rest.
Metatarsalgia is pain, soreness and swelling inflammation in the ball of a foot. This problem to a foot is caused by excessive stress directed in a very tiny area. So symptom relief is via no high heel wearing, running, jumping or any other activity tending to create a high impact.
Bunions develop if the joints in your big toe fail fit together. As a result, the failure causes that toe to turn in and the area to protrude, thus becoming swollen and painfully tender when excessive pressure or restriction is placed on the joint. Wearing wide shoes to allow for the joint to freely move helps reduce symptoms.
Hammertoe is caused by tendon shortening of a toe, which induces a pull back and the joint to enlarge and stiffen over time. Because this foot problem could eventually affect your balance, surgery may ultimately be necessary.
Fungal Skin Infection (Athlete’s foot) grow on your feet because they are in a warm, dark, moist place for nearly half the day. This is environment is an ideal place for fungus to flourish. Symptoms at the site of fungus growth are dry, red, blistered, itchy, peeling feet.
Corns and calluses are caused by friction or pressure resulting in skin thickening. Ingrown toenails are painful and caused when your nail breaks the skin, so keep your toe nails trimmed straight across with the corner above the skin. And a plantar wart and gout are two other reasons for a foot to be in pain.
When your feet are sore, swollen or in pain then the rest of you suffers because of reduced mobility. Here’s a couple of foot care routines you may want to adopt:
- offer your feet warm baths
- don’t keep legs crossed long
- elevate feet at every opportunity
- avoid wearing shoes that don’t fit
- move around between long hours of sitting
Be kind to your feet and they’ll carry you a long ways.