Plantar Fasciitis, Bunions, Neuromas, Oh My!!

Many people have foot pain.

Many of those same people think this pain is normal and a fact of life.  (Note: foot pain is NOT normal & does NOT have to be part of daily life.)

With so many people experiencing foot pain, OSHATOES would like to highlight a few of the most common ailments.

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints.

The plantar fascia is a thin ligament connecting the heel to the front of the foot. It supports the arch in the foot and acts as a shock absorber. This ligament suffers from extreme wear and tear in daily life. Often the plantar fascia thickens and becomes inflamed. When this occurs, it can cause severe heel pain.

Causes:

  • Long distance running (particularly downhill or on uneven terrain)
  • Active jobs that require you be on your feet excessively (factory workers, restaurant servers,...)
  • Very high arches or very flat feet
  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Shoes with improper or soft soles and poor arch support

 

Treatment:

  • Heel stretching exercises
  • Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Resting the feet for several days and applying ice to the heels
  • Wearing heel cups or pads during the day and splints at night
  • Steroid shots
  • Wearing shoes with good arch support and cushioned soles

 

Bunions are abnormal bulging (bony) bumps on the joint at the base of the big toe. These form when the big toe pushes against the other toes and  forces the joint in the opposite direction. Bunions can cause redness, inflammation, tenderness AND pain in the foot. You may also notice a substantial thickening of the skin at the base and limited mobility of the big toe.

Causes:

  • Foot injuries
  • Inherited foot types
  • High heels or ill-fitted shoes
  • Occupations that require you to be on your feet all day
  • Arthritis
  • Heredity

 

Treatment:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Wear comfortable shoes with plenty of room in the toe area
  • Padding, taping or splinting
  • Stretching exercises
  • Cortisone injections
  • Surgery is a possibility in some cases

 

Morton's Neuroma is swelling and thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves in the ball of the foot, most often between the third and fourth toe. Often described as "standing on a pebble", this condition is very painful and can cause burning, stinging, throbbing and numbness in the foot.

Probable Causes:

  • Foot injuries
  • Pressure or irritation to the foot
  • Prolonged standing or excessive walking
  • Too tight shoes or high heels
  • Foot deformities

 

Treatments:

  • Orthotics (arch supports and pads)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Ice and Rest
  • Change your SHOES! Opt for ones that are more roomy with a good insole
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery is an option and can be discussed with your physician

 

All of these foot ailments can be extremely painful and debilitating.

Did you notice that they all have similar contributing factors?

In all of the above types of foot pain, SHOES can be a significant culprit!

Always avoid shoes that have little or no arch support, are too tight or have pointed toes.

Be good to you feet. Wear shoes that give support and are roomy and comfortable.

This is especially important when you work on your feet all day. (Don't forget that OSHATOES can turn your most comfortable shoes into safety shoes!)

Don't wait until you have foot pain to address it.

Be proactive and care for your feet daily to prevent suffering later!