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sore feet - Orthopedist at work checking patient's foot

One of the most common questions our patients ask is; why do I get pain under my feet?

Well, there are many reasons for sore feet. Pain that starts on the base of your foot can be crippling and prevent you from getting on with your day to day routine.

Trauma, injury and disease are the most likely cause of foot pain. Determining the cause and severity of the condition has to start with a few basic questions –

 

Is there any swelling on the foot? Has it become red or bruised and now difficult to move?

This can be a sign of a broken toe, sprain or strain.

 

Is the foot weak and stiff? Do you have a lump?

This can be a sign of tendon injury or Achilles tendonitis of which there are many different types.

 

Can you use your foot properly, is it hot and tingling?

This can be a sign of heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel fracture, bursitis or arthritis.

 

Is your foot swollen and seems to appear to have a large build up of fluid under the skin?

This can be a symptom of oedema which is a underlying health condition such as kidney disease or liver disease. We also see this in pregnant woman and people that take certain prescription medicines.

 

 

Most injuries and causes can have a long lasting effect if not treated correctly. We always advice seeing a foot specialist who can diagnose and treat your symptoms in the correct way. A foot exercise routine and a physiotherapy programme can insure good foot health for your future.

Each treatment can be tailored to your needs. As well as a speedy recovery, we also look at the effects your shoes maybe making on the way you walk or hold yourself.

 

What footwear are you using most often and is that causing discomfort?

Tightly worn shoes can cause pain in the top of your foot, and wearing heels can cause pain in the heel and toe area of your foot.

There are also lots of conditions caused by wearing of the feet such as chilblains, gout, hammer toes, bunions, corns and calluses. These are in general blamed on the wrong foot wear.

A physiotherapist and Podiatrist’ can determine if your issue is biomechanical, they can advise on footwear to aid foot posture, the positioning of your knees, hips and spine.

Your feet are incredibly important mechanical structures, keeping them healthy should be a priority and not an afterthought.

If you need help with your feet, book your consultation with us today.