It’s uncanny how one type of pain, in comparison to another, can change your whole outlook on pain and discomfort. For example, after childbirth many women find all other forms of pain much more manageable. For others, pain in the feet which makes every step an agony can make any headache thereafter feel no more painful than a stubbed toe. It’s called pain conditioning, and in some cases it can be seen as useful. However, no matter how painful your feet are, whether it’s a passing annoyance that you only notice in the mornings, or whether it’s an all-day struggle, it’s not a pain that you should be resigned to. Foot pain is highly manageable and treatable.
Dealing With Foot Pain
Until you can find the appropriate medical treatment necessary to cure your foot pain, you will need to find remedies that allow you to go about your day normally. Temporary remedies for the pain in your feet may not be much different than treatments for neck pain, or back pain. Sore muscles and joints can almost always be soothed by alternating heat and ice, rest, and painkillers. If the oldest remedy in the book doesn’t cut it, then changing your footwear could play a large role in relieving pain. High heels, sandals, or any footwear that forces your feet into an abnormal shape will eventually take a toll. Consider also adding gel inserts or padding to your shoes to cushion the bones in your toes and your heel. If the pain extends up your leg, an effective treatment for leg pain might involve gentle stretches and massaging.
Treating Foot Pain
People tend to think that chiropractic care is only applicable as a treatment for low back pain, but physical therapy is actually one of the more popular treatments for foot pain. If the pain results from an issue that is related to bone alignment, a chiropractor can help. Since 1895, the chiropractic profession has been established, and licensed practitioners are well-versed in how joint, muscle, and bone all work together. Did you know that most chiropractors in the United States are also primary care physicians?
Heel spurs, fallen arches, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, bunions, or sesamoiditis are all conditions that could be behind your foot pain. The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor. Discussing your symptoms and having your feet examined will be the quickest way for a diagnosis to be made, and a treatment plan to be put into place. In the meantime, be sure to try and make a few lifestyle changes to relieve the pain in the present. More on this.