There really can be many reasons for foot pain. Some of those reasons deal with your feet and others not.
A common reason for foot pain is plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the thick, supportive tissue that runs the length of your foot. The structure and mechanics of your feet often play a role in this type of discomfort, but can be influenced from body mechanics above your feet.
Another reason for foot pain is arthritis. Your feet have a lot of bones and many joints where those bones meet. Over time those joints can begin to wear. The cartilage between those joints breaks down and bones can begin to rub. Much like plantar fasciitis this can be due to faulty body mechanics.
Even your low back can be the reason for foot pain. The lower nerve roots in your spine can create pain in the heel. This can be mistaken for plantar fasciitis.
Pain in the bottom of your feet could also be due to a stress fracture. A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bone. These can occur due to faulty body mechanics, poorly fitting and unsupportive shoes, constantly walking/running on hard surfaces, and landing with a high impact. Remember, if you have low bone density it takes a lot less stress on the feet to cause these types of fractures.
Nerve injuries to the feet can result in intense pain or burning, and even numbness and tingling. Remember to check your feet if you have numbness because the potential to step on a sharp object that punctures the skin can create an infection.
There are a lot of reasons why the bottom of your feet can hurt with plantar fasciitis one of the most common. If you are having pain in your feet and walking or running has become uncomfortable then you should find a specialist. A physical therapist has the expertise to figure out why you are having foot pain.
At Body Evolution we like to joke that we have a foot fetish. Much of our training revolves around the gait or walking cycle and you better know a lot about the feet if you want to understand how humans move. If you are having pain underneath your feet please give us a call or come in for a Discovery session to find out how we can help you get back to walking and running without pain.
Humans were designed to walk and run. We take thousands of steps every day even if we live sedentary lifestyles. It really is our main mode of transportation. We might drive our car to get to the office or grocery store, but we spend the time at the office or store walking from one place to another. Some of us hike or run for enjoyment and exercise adding thousands more steps to their day. Those of us who have the capacity to walk and run do not think about what it would feel like when you can’t, until you can’t.
When you start to have pain under your foot or feet the thousands of steps a day can reduce to hundreds or even less. You have been walking for years and never had pain. So why now? Why are the underneath of your feet hurting?
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