The feet carry the body around all day, every day, wherever you go. It receives pressure from the weight of our bodies and consists of many bones, muscles, and joints that move around. This makes the feet susceptible to wear and tear. Foot pain is very common, and there are specific conditions that cause it.
Here are the 5 most common causes of foot pain
- Heel pain is one of the most common types of foot pain, which is usually due to plantar fasciitis. This condition is where the ligament that connects the heel to the toes, known as the plantar fascia is inflamed. Plantar fasciitis is usually due to stress and tension on the heel.
- A bunion is a deformity, which is a bump on the joint of the toe. Bunions are usually seen on the inner side of the foot, at the base of the big toe. It can also affect the joints of the pinky toe, which is called a bunionette. It is caused by the misalignment of the toe joint due to multiple factors such as abnormal foot function and tight-fitting shoes
- Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect the feet. Because this condition causes inflammation of the joints, joints in the feet can feel tender or stiff and swollen
- Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon, usually due to wear and tear. A tendon is a thick fibrous cord that attaches muscles to the bone. This condition can occur in any tendon in the body, commonly around the feet. It is caused by sudden injury or repetitive movement over time.
- Heel spurs are abnormal bone growth that develops between the heel and arch of the foot. It can cause inflammation and pain to the bottom of the feet and may hurt while standing or walking. Heel spurs are caused by strain on the foot, like running or prolonged standing. It also likely for people with flat feet or high arches to have painful heel spurs.
If you are feeling pain in your feet, do not ignore them. Consult your podiatrist to find out what condition you have and discuss possible relief and treatment options.