Foot Pain And Injuries
The foot is a complex part of the body filled with tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones. It is not surprising for people who spend a lot of time exercising or working on their feet to experience varying types of foot pain based on the work or activities they perform. Foot pain, if left untreated, can lead to further complications and injuries, creating even more difficulties for those who suffer from it.
The following are a few common foot ailments that affect athletes, construction workers, restaurant workers, pregnant women and anyone else who spends more than four hours per day on their feet.
General Heel Pain
Heel pain is extremely common among adults and can vary in severity and location. Your heel is the first bone on your body to contact the ground when walking or exercising, which means it endures most of the impact from your body's weight when in motion. General heel pain typically lightens overnight or when resting, and recurs after standing, walking or exercising for extended periods.
A typical cause of general heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament that stretches through your foot's heel, arch and ball area becomes strained or damaged. The ligament's ability to distribute the impact of your weight, or even to bear weight, is then compromised. Plantar fasciitis can become so severe that it's difficult for the sufferer to stand, walk or exercise.
Chronic inflammation is another frequent reason for foot pain. Inflammation and swelling can be caused by the more than 100 types of arthritis that result in varying levels of foot pain. A few common types of arthritis producing inflammation in the joints of the feet are rheumatoid arthritis, gout and psoriatic arthritis.
Treating Foot Pain
Fortunately, mild to moderate foot pain can often be relieved through home treatment. The following are the best ways to relieve your foot pain in the comfort of your home:
- Rest: Spend a portion of each day lying down or sitting without any pressure on your feet. This allows your plantar fascia the rest it needs to heal and recover more quickly over time.
- Ice with the Spara Podiatry Massage Tool: Ice your heel at the end of the day for 5-10 minutes to reduce inflammation and pain. Place one ball in the freezer for relief after exercise or strenuous activity. Use right before bed for best results.
- Stretch: Simple foot stretches can be performed one or two times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. These stretches promote the flexibility and strength of the plantar fascia ligament and other nearby muscles and ligaments.
- Massage with the Spara Podiatry Massage Tool: The Spara Podiatry Massage Tool is portable, effective and easy to use. From a seated position, apply pressure with your forefoot pressed against the ball, rolling the ball back and forth along the provided track. Apply as much pressure as desired or needed. Use the Spara massage tool for 20 to 30 seconds on each foot in the morning and before strenuous activity or extended time on your feet.