Foot pain

Pain and injury to a foot is very common. Foot pain can be referred from muscles, joints, ligaments and bones, as well as from the lower back and other systemic diseases.

 

Prevalence

Foot pain is very common, with around 75% of people experiencing foot pain at some point in their lives.

 

Risk factors

Risk factors that increase the chances of foot pain include:

 

  • Age: women often experience severe foot pain more often than men
  • Pregnancy: during pregnancy, women can often experience foot pain due to weight gain and swelling in their feet and ankles. Throughout pregnancy certain hormones that cause ligaments to relax, while these are beneficial for child bearing, they can weaken the feet.
  • Excessive weight: weight gain can put additional stress on the feet, resulting in foot or ankle pain and injuries. This increase weight can lead to tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.
  • Occupation: a number of foot injuries and problems are the result of occupation, for example jobs that require long durations of walking or standing
  • Sports: people who partake in high-impact aerobic exercises are at an increased risk of stress fractures in the foot and other foot conditions.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot pain include:

 

  • Burning pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Inability, or restricted ability, to bring the foot up (heel walk)
  • Heaviness of the foot
  • Weakness of the foot
  • Difficulty walking on tiptoes.

 

Causes

Foot pain can be the result of overuse or injury, causing inflammation around the tendon, ligaments and bones of the foot. One of the most common causes of foot pain is arthritis, others include:

 

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Broken ankle
  • Bunions
  • Fracture
  • Hammer toe
  • Bursitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Broken toe
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Flatfoot
  • Gout
  • Broken foot
  • Bone spurs
  • Wrong size shoes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Stress fractures.

 

Find out how Chris treats foot pain and what you can expect in his chiropractic care.

Dr Chris Knee (chiropractor) is the owner and director at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre and Balmain Chiropractic Centre

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