Pain Management

According to an American Podiatric Medical Association survey, 76 percent of Americans said they spend more than four hours each day on their feet. The same percentage said they had foot problems in the last 12 months.

The survey also showed that more women complain that their feet hurt all the time.

Foot pain is caused by a wide variety of things, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Extensive use of the feet
  • Flat Feet
  • Gout
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Warts
  • Wearing improper shoes

 

To Manage Your Foot Pain

  • Rest and ice to relieve pain and reduce swelling
  • Pain relief medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic devices, shoe modifications, braces, or casts
  • Injected medications to reduce inflammation, such as corticosteroids
  • If pain or foot damage is severe, you may need surgery
  • Foot massage; Massage improves circulation, stimulates muscles, reduces tension, and often alleviates pain
    • Sit in a comfortable chair
    • Bend your left leg and rest your left foot gently on your right thigh
    • With lotion or oil; rub it gently into your foot and massage your whole foot — toes, arch, and heel
    • For a deeper massage use your knuckles to knead your foot as you would bread
    • Try working the skin and muscles by holding one foot with both hands and pressing with your thumbs
    • Then gently pull the toes back and forth and apart to stretches the muscles underneath
    • You can also buy massage devices to enhance your foot massage or if administering self massages is difficult
  • Exercising
  • Walking is the best overall foot exercise. The foot goes through its full range of motion as it walks
  • Flexibility Exercises (and stretching exercises) improve flexibility, which helps keep your feet limber. To build flexibility perform slow and gentle daily stretches and focus on one group of muscles at a time.
  • Resistance Exercises  are exercises that use resistance tools such as weights or exercise bands to strengthen muscles.