6 Strategies To Reduce Foot Pain

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Do you feel burning pain in your feet? Or an uncomfortable persistent ache or pain in your soles, heels, joints or arches? If so, you may have one of the 6 most common and treatable foot complaints. Like your fingerprints your feet are unique. They have contours and curves that are often not supported by generic shoe insoles. However there are some simple things you can do to eliminate or avoid foot pain.

1. Wear shoes that fit
The key to happy feet is to get the best fitting shoes possible. While this may seem obvious, ask yourself how many pairs of shoes do you wear that cause your feet to move about in the shoe? If there is enough space to fit your finger behind your heel, then chance are you need to get a better fit. Shoes should be snug but not overly tight. It’s true that as we get older our feet can increase in size. It’s not that your feet are really growing, but over the years tendons and ligaments to tend tend to get stretched and this leads to a larger foot size. Make sure to have your feet measured when you buy new shoes. Also, don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. And finally, if you have bunions, hammer toes or a neuroma, make sure your shoes are wide enough and deep enough in the toe box.

2. Avoid shoes that constrict the natural shape of your foot.
Anytime you wear shoes that constrict the natural shape of your foot it’s likely to cause foot pain. Women’s high heels are particularly bad and can accelerate damage to tendons and ligaments and create a lot of pain, not to mention long terms damage.

By restricting the foot in a tight fitting shoe, like a pair of high heels you increase the weight on the area that is restricted. You not only crush your toes, but you are crushing them at the same time you are putting weight on them. High heels can aggravate a lot of other condition like bunions. And while high heels don’t cause bunions, they do aggravate foot pain. When the foot is pitched forward, like it is in a high heel it puts intense pressure on the bones at the base of the toe joint and intensifies the bunion pain. Choosing the right shaped shoe is critical as both the heel height and the point of the shoe affect the pressure on the foot.

3. Get custom fitted shoe inserts:
The more cushioning for your feet, the better. Many products offer shock absorption that fit into the shoes. If you are on your feet often or are a very heavy person, the inserts need to be changed at least every six months because the shocks wear out. Not only will your feet be happier, your entire body will be happier with some well-cushioned shoes. Put shock sbsorbing insoles in your shoes - If you have shoes that unevenly distribute weight, like heels, or those in which your weight will be unevenly distributed through walking or running, try putting in shock-absorbing insoles like

4. Consider a proper arch support
Millions of people walk around with constant foot pain due to poor arch support. Problems like painful plantar fasciitis and flat feet can be alleviated with proper arch supports. Custom arch supports are a supportive device worn inside the shoe which create the ideal balance between the foot and the weight-bearing surface. While over the counter arch supports area good and often inexpensive starting point, custom foot orthotics are the key to long terms pain free feet. Just as everyone has a unique set of finger prints, the contours of your feet are just as unique. Each device is made according to the specific contours and structural characteristics of the foot. And considering that you spend the major part of your life upright, you really do owe it to yourself to get the best possible support for your feet - this can only come from custom supports.

5. Exercise your ankles, toes and feet
There are many simple exercises that can help allieviate foot pain and at the same time strengthen, stretch and relax your for your ankles, feet and toes. Some simple ones are Try toe curls by picking up objects with your toes and moving them from one pile to another. Also try standing and then rising up on your toes by lifting your heels off the ground. Do ankle pumps by moving your foot up and down. Rotating your ankle nd your feet in circles is also good. Stretch your calf muscle by doing the runner’s stretch or wall stretch. Roll the bottom of your foot on a tennis ball or golf ball.

6. Consider visiting a Podiatrist - If you have foot or legs pains that simply won’t go away or conditions made worse by the shoes you are wearing then it’s time to visit a podiatrist Dr David Walker PhD has over 25 years professional experience in treating all types of foot pain, aching feet, heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, bunions, hammertoes, and painful toe joints. Sore knees, hips and lower back can sometimes be caused by problems with your feet too. Dr Walker specializes in creating custom orthotics that are made to your unique foot shape providing unmatched comfort and pain relief. If you want relief then call and make an appointment today

David Walker Podiatry
Tel:1300 My Feet (1300 69 3338)
By Appointment: Level 8, Westfield Tower, Doncaster
Shoppingtown, Victoria , Australia 3108
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How long does it take to fully recover from a bunion surgery.?

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I had my bunion surgery 25 days ago and my whole leg is hurting me and I can't move my big toe too much, it feels soo stiff. Can someone please tell me how long this pain will last. I am soo anxious and worried. I wish I would of never done this. This is making me soo miserable :-(
Bunion surgery is a painful surgery. Your leg is probably hurting from guarding when you walk because of the pain in your foot. I would check with your surgeon and find out the recovery time. Everyone is different and healing time varies from person to person.

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Smae Institute and a distance learning BSc degree in Podiatry?

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I would like to know if anybody out there has heard of any latest developments regarding the promises I have heard about Smae Institute holding talks with various universities to offer a distance learning degree course in Podiatry…….or it is just one of the false stories

Yes and no. According to their own site, they have an agreement with Anglia Ruskin University http://www.smaeinstitute.co.uk/Top_Up/top_up.php
By the way, I couldn't have found this one the Anglia Ruskin prospectus.

However, this BSc course - even if does exist - doesn't seem to be listed as one of the approved programmes by HPC :

BSc in Podiatry is, however, possible, if you're already registered with the HPC and only want to complete a degree:

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How do I break in custom orthotics?

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I just had a pair of custom orthotics created for running (I have bad form.. recurrent knee and foot problems). I'm trying to wear them 1-2 hours/day to start… but at what point will they be ready to use for runs?

I assume your doctor gave you the same instructions that I received. You should increase the time you wear them each day so that after 2 weeks you are wearing them all of the time you are in shoes.

You should be wearing them for your runs now.

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can gout cause lower leg pain in addition to the pain in the big toe?

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my daughter is experiencing sudden pain in her joint of the big toe and her lower calf is tingling like the 'falling asleep feeling' but more painful.

Tingling is generally not something caused by gout, but it's possible that the tingling is indirectly caused by gout in the toe that is causing nerve inflammation and radiation of pain back up the nerve toward the calf. It would be a good idea to take her to a doc for this. Inflammation this intense is likely to cause further problems if it isn't treated.

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What do doctors do if you have a Hammertoe?

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Do they give you surgery or medicine?
What ever they do does it hurt?
I'm asking because i have to go to a doctor about it and i am asking anybody from experience who has had one what they do



Wearing proper footwear and stockings with plenty of room in the toe region can provide treatment for hammertoe. Stretching exercises may be helpful in lengthening the excessively tight tendons.


In advanced cases, where conservative treatment is unsuccessful, surgery may be recommended. The tendons that attach to the involved toes are located and an incision is made to free the connective tissue to the foot bones. Additional incisions are made so the toes no longer bend in a downward fashion. The middle joints of the affected toes are connected together permanently with surgical hardware such as pins and wire sutures. The incision is then closed with fine sutures. These sutures are removed approximately seven to ten days after surgery.

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Has anyone had surgery on their feet to remove bunions or toe shorting to get rid of soft corns? How was it?

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I am going to have both of the above done but am wondering how successful have most surgerys been?

i can care you feet, corns or bunions, you are beautiful only for be a girl, kisssses, dont worry about your toes i love them too

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I have a pain in the arch of my foot; what could it be?

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I get this pain in the arch of my foot, does anyone know what it is? The pain isn't constant, it just comes out of no where whether I am walking, standing, or sitting. When the pain does occur it happens in quick bursts, it will hurt for a couple seconds then there will be no pain for a couple seconds (the times vary, but the intervals or no more than 10 seconds). These quick intervals of pain only last up to 10 minutes at a time, and it happens 1 - 3 times a day. If you know what it is or anything I can do to reduce the pain then post your answer. Thanks.

could be plantar facitist (sp?). Where the ligament in the arch of your foot is too tight…the pain is like someone stabbing a knife into the middle of your foot…sound familiar?

There are stretches you can look up online and brace type supports you can wear to stretch the ligament so you won't get the pain.

hope that helps.

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What is the best way to help the pain for plantar fasciitis? ?

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I have pain in the heel from plantar fasciitis. What are the best exercises and what kind of tape should I buy to tape my foot like the podiatrist does…Any other suggestions would be just fine. Thanks

I have the same thing in both heels but it no longer bothers me - well only once in a while and never even as close to how painful it used to be. My podiatrist recommended that I no longer wear any shoes that don’t have a heel. I used to always wear sandals that had the heel actually a little lower than the rest of the foot (Berkenstock types) - a definite no no. Today I cannot even wear flat flip-flops or slippers or even just spending too much time in just stocking feet. Having a heel of at least 1/2 inch makes a huge difference. No surgery. No special insoles. And, best of all, no more pain. Good luck.

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How can I tell if it's a heel spur?

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I have had pain on my left heel for a couple of weeks now. At first it was in the front but now it is kind of all over the heel. It is worse in the morning and after i've set for a while. I can't seem to find a way to stretch out what ever I may have injured. Any ideas how I can correct this problem. I don't have much money and can't get new shoes yet. Probably another few weeks.

Only Xrays will confirm the presence of heel spurs. You could also have plantar fasciitis.

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