Your Guide to Foot Pain Management
Foot pain can be very debilitating and it's important to know that it will get better. In this guide I will give you a better understanding of why your foot hurts and what you can do about it. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.
5 common causes for Foot Pain
The first step is to find out what type of foot you are suffering from so that you can take appropriate action.
Here are some of the most common causes of foot pain:
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Heel Spur
- Bunions (Halgus Valgus)
- Plantar Fasciitis
Pain and discomfort in the thick tendon that connects the heelbone to the calf muscle. Usually starts with increased activity such as running, sprinting, jumping or a change in footwear.
Heel spur is a calcium deposits that build up to a bony growth under neeth the heelbone. Usually caused by strain on the muscles and ligaments of the sole of the foot. When painful it is usually described as a pin or needle poking in to the sole of the foot. Often accompanied by Plantar Fasitis.
Bunions / Halgus Valgus
When a disc ruptures and starts to press on the surrounding nerves most often you get sharp pain shooting down the back of either one one or both legs. The pain differs from muscular pain in the way that it is usually more specific and also projects all the way down to the toes. Whereas muscular pain projection often stops in the thigh area. Recovery time can be up from 12 weeks up to a year and can sometimes require surgery. Most often it will get much better with Osteopathic treatment and Rehab exercises.
True or false Sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition caused by a herniated disc that puts pressure on the Sciatic nerve. This give off a sharp shooting pain down the back of one or both legs. There is a condition called false Sciatica which is not caused by a ruptured disc but by tight muscles in the buttock region. Often worsened by sitting. This is easier to treat and commonly resolved within 4 weeks.
Arthritis is caused by wear and tear of the joints of the lower back and can cause agitating pain and irritation in the area. While there is not much to do about the damaged joint cartilage there is a lot you can do to alleviate the pain. In my own clinical experience the as long as the arthritis or joint damage is not very severe causing major changes in range of motion you have a good chance of relieving much of the pain through treating the muscles and joints around the affected area. Most often all of the pain are not coming from the damaged cartilage but also from the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
Lower Back Pain can be very debilitating but usually resolves within 2 - 6 weeks with the help of Osteopathic treatment and rehab exercises.