Why To Get Your Foot Pain Checked
If you’re suffering from foot pain, it can be easy to try and ignore it, especially when we lead such busy and hectic lives. However, ignoring foot pain can exacerbate the issue, causing more problems in the future and affecting your overall health. Below, we’ve outlined when you should get medical attention for your foot pain and why you should go get your foot pain checked now, instead of later. Feet are an essential part of most of our day to day lives and we often take it for granted when they’re working properly and can panic when pain begins to set in.
Signs And Symptoms To Look Out For
Whether it’s just a twinge in your foot arch or a swollen toe, there are a number of signs and symptoms to look out for when suffering from foot pain. Foot pain can come in the form of either ankle pain, toe pain, heel pain, pain in the top of the foot, the bottom of the foot, or the ball of the foot. Addressing which area your pain resides is important for your healthcare professional to diagnose what kind of foot pain you’re suffering from.
If you have any of these issues, it’s important you seek guidance and advice from a health professional, so that the problem can be alleviated sooner, before the problem becomes worse.
- You’re unable to walk or even put weight on your foot / feet
- Your foot is swollen and you can’t put shoes on
- The pain is so severe, regular pain medication isn’t helping
- You have persistent swelling, that perhaps doesn’t hurt, but won’t go away after a few days
- You have a burning sensation in your toes or feet
- Tingling or numbness is affecting you, and isn’t just regular pins and needles
Different Types Of Foot Pain
After you’ve located where your foot pain is, let’s take a look at the different types of foot pain and how then can be treated. Remember, if you’re ever concerned about infections or more serious issues, always get in touch with your doctor or a medical professional.
Fallen arches or flat feet can be a major cause of heel pain, and you may even have plantar fasciitis if you heel is irritated and inflamed. You might notice this pain more when you wake up in the morning, as soon as you place your foot on the ground. To treat this problem, make sure you rest your foot as often as possible, perform heel stretches, take the appropriate pain relief, and invest in a quality pair of shoes or trainers that provide the arch support you need.
Athlete’s Foot is a common foot condition, which is caused by a fungal infection of the skin, that can spread from your toes to your feet, sometimes to other parts of the body. It can be painful and itchy, causing a lot of pain to the individual. It can be easily treated with the right antifungal creams, as well as keeping you feet dry and clean. If you’re concerned that the infection has spread and the over-the-counter treatments aren’t working, speak to your doctor who will prescribe you the appropriate medication.
Many people often associate bunions with older women who’ve worn a lot of high heels in their life, and although this is common, bunions can affect anyone at any time. Bunions are bumps or lumps on your large toe joint that have been caused by wearing narrow footwear. If you have a family history of bunions, this can also increase your risk of suffering from them. Bunions can be very painful and become inflamed, which can be treated by using a specialist bunion pad or bathing your foot in an ice bath, to reduce pain immediately. Sometimes surgery is required if the bunion does not subside and the pain becomes worse.
Similar to bunions, these are areas of thick skin on your feet, but can occur in the sole or toes. They develop so that blisters don’t occur, but can become painful. You might not need to seek medical attention for corns, as you can buy corn plasters from pharmacies, as well as buying better fitting shoes.
Diabetes can cause foot pain, due to damage in the nerves from high blood sugar levels. People who suffer from this problem may notice tingling or numbness in their feet. You can treat this by ensuring that your blood sugar levels are controlled well and that you constantly seek medical attention when you do feel foot pain occurring.
Blisters are a very common foot pain problem and most of us have probably suffered from blisters at some point in our lives. They are caused by rubbing from shoes, either from walking for long distances, from ill-fitting shoes, or from running, particularly marathons. Although blisters can be painful and uncomfortable, there’s not much need to seek medical attention, unless you become concerned that a blister has become infected. In order to stop this from happening, keep your feet clean and dry, using antibacterial soap to wash your feet.
Again, this is another common foot problem, but can be extremely painful for the patient. There are a few reasons why we can suffer from ingrown toenails, including poor fitting shoes, causing too much pressure on the toes and therefore the nails; not cutting your nails properly, so they become too long or too short; and having ingrown toenails in the family can also increase your risk of suffering from them. Thanks mum and dad! You can help alleviate pain from ingrown toenails by cleaning your feet properly and cutting your toenails whilst soft (after a bath or shower). If you notice your toe is red and swollen, you could have infection, so it’s important to go and speak to a medical professional before the pain becomes worse.