Sore feet are a very common problem for people all over the world. Sore feet can make things such as standing, walking, running, dancing, or working extremely difficult. Unfortunately, most people do not pay attention to their feet until they are sore. Sore feet are sometimes a symptom of an underlying problem or condition. Our feet can become sore due to overuse, or due to a condition such as plantar fasciitis or bunions. The soreness may be felt in the arch, in the ball of the foot, or in the heel.
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Symptom of Sore Feet

Redness, Tenderness to the touch, Inflammation, Aching, Pain felt in other areas of the body, such as ankles, knees, hips or back, difficulty walking, difficulty wearing shoes.

Simple causes for a sore foot include: Overuse, Improper footwear or ill-fitting footwear, New pair of shoes, Age, Obesity, Pregnancy, Muscle strain, Foot trauma, Sports injury, Ligament strain, Flat feet.

More serious causes for sore feet include: Foot fracture, Broken foot, Sprained ankle, Arthritis, Ankle strain, Bunions, Plantar warts, Bone tumor, Athlete’s foot, Tendonitis, Gangrene, Plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, Nerve entrapment, Diabetes, Tarsal tunnel syndrome.

This list focuses on the more common causes of sore feet, and it is not at all complete. There are many different causes of sore feet, so if you are experiencing this problem chronically, it is important that you seek medical attention from a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. Finding the underlying cause will enable you to minimize or eliminate the soreness in your feet.

Sore Feet Treatment

Seeing a podiatrist about your sore feet does not mean that you will have to spend hundreds of dollars to relieve the pain. After a diagnosis, your doctor will be able to create an appropriate, cost-effective treatment plan for you based on the severity and cause of the soreness. Many of these treatment options can be purchased over-the-counter.

Here is a look at some of the most common treatment options for sore feet:

  • Orthotics such as shoe inserts and additional padding to increase arch support,
  • Over-the-counter medication to reduce pain, such as ibuprofen or aspirin,
  • Stretching exercises, RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation)

The treatment options listed above can also be used as preventive measures.

For example, performing stretching exercises before bed, before getting out of bed in the morning, and before and after any type of exercise routine can prevent sore feet by allowing the muscles to warm up before exertion. If you are gaining weight for reasons other than pregnancy, you can also try to prevent sore feet and additional symptoms by losing weight in a healthy way. Eating right can also give your muscles and bones the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy.

Brad Schaeffer, D.P.M.
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