Common Foot Issues
The foot is a structural marvel with 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. it stands to reason that the inflammation of the cartilage and linings of the joints could cause extreme discomfort in your feet. Arthritis in the feet can become debilitating.
Fortunately, there are non-surgical options to alleviate some of the pain using an appropriate arch support or structured shoe. Stabilizing the foot with specific-to-you modifications in an appropriately fitted structured shoe can make a world of difference.
There are a myriad of reasons a bunion develops, but a properly fitted shoe can eliminate the severity of pain. It is imperative that the design is not overly tapered in the forefoot. It can also be helpful if the shoe is available in a wider width to accommodate the foot. Obviously, it benefits the foot to be in the proper length of shoe as well. Its important to mention that foot size and shoe size can change as we age. Closed toe shoes can be painful to wear for people with bunions. That is why it is helpful to have professional help in choosing proper footwear.
Heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis, but it is not the only location in the foot that one can experience a 'flare-up'. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the foot when the plantar fascia is strained in some way. Although targeted exercises can be beneficial, correcting the mechanics of your body through stabilizing shoes and some sort of corrective orthotics or modifications is key to recovery.
Often people will feel relief and forget or ignore the science behind the correction and return to the habits and lesser shoes allowing the plantar fascia to become angry again. Typically, if one can keep the arch supported the plantar fascia will be calm.
Metatarsalgia and Morton's neuroma are two common foot conditions that can be extremely painful if left untreated. Although extreme cases may require surgical assistance, these conditions can be treated successfully with an orthotic focused on metatarsal relief and a properly-fitted shoe. The goal is to correct the mechanical imbalance and redirect the pressure off the nerve causing pain.
Obviously, we put a lot of stock in a properly-fit shoe and/or orthotic to help alleviate or prevent further pain. Come see the difference it can make for yourself!