Feet Hurt - Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Foot Pain

Feet Hurt - Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Foot Pain

By the time they reach 50, most men and women have walked 75,000 miles, which is the equivalent of three times around the Earth at the equator.

According to a 2010 survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 77 percent of adults have had a foot ailment, with half reporting foot pain.

"That isn't the case; pain is a sign of trouble." So don't put off seeing a foot doctor.

Here's what you can do - with the help of your foot doctor - to relieve the pain of four common foot problems.

On the other side of the foot, near the little toe, there is a smaller bunionette.

Your doctor can show you how to tape and pad your foot to relieve pain and reduce stress on the bunion.

You may have a Morton's neuroma, a pinched nerve in the foot named after Philadelphia surgeon T.G. Morton. If you feel like you have a pebble in your shoe or your sock is bunched up under your toes every time you take a step, you may have a Morton's neuroma.

Morton was the first to write about it in 1876.

Tingling, burning, or numbness between the third and fourth toes on the ball of your foot.

Bunions, flat feet, hammer toes, and high arches are all possible causes of high arches.

To relieve pressure on the nerve, your doctor may show you how to pad your foot or prescribe custom orthotic devices for your shoe.

Cortisone injections into the affected area of the foot, if necessary, can help to relieve the inflammation.

The arch of the foot is supported and cushioned by a tough, protective ligament that runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes.

When you first step down on your foot in the morning, you feel a sharp, shooting pain in your heel that goes away after a few minutes of walking.

To reduce inflammation, roll your foot over a chilled or frozen bottle of water for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day.

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the treatment of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons are doctors who specialize in the treatment of the feet and ankles.

Read the original article "Feet Hurt - Foot Pain Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment" at https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-03-2013/feet-hurt-symptoms-causes-treatments.html

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