It goes without saying that we all need healthy, pain free feet to get through daily life. That’s why even the mildest case of foot pain can feel pretty miserable. Foot pain is commonly caused by direct injury or trauma to the feet. Foot pain can also result from dysfunction in other related joints of the body. Poor movement and function in the low back, pelvis, hips, and knees can affect how we stand and walk, thus contributing to increased strain to the muscles and joints of the feet.
Causes of Foot Pain
Most of us do not even think about the strain daily life puts on our feet. Wearing poorly fitted, tight shoes or high heels can all put our feet under stress and cause injuries over time. When we rely on our feet every single day, injuries caused by overuse are quite common. These are some of the conditions that can affect our feet:
o Achilles Tendinitis: an overuse injury affecting tissue connecting the calf muscle to the heel
o Bunions, Corns or Calluses
o Fallen Arches
o High Arches
o Bone Spurs: bony growths that can develop along the edge of bone
o Metatarsal Syndrome: inflammation caused by overuse
o Plantar Fasciitis: inflammation in the tissue on the base of the foot
o Stress Fractures
o Morton’s Neuroma: a condition commonly affecting the 3rd or 4th toe, often caused as a result of wearing high-heels
o Hallux Rigidus: stiffening of the big toe
o Gout: a complex arthritic condition which can cause sudden, severe pain
Symptoms of a Foot Injury
Sensations you may experience with a condition affecting the foot could be:
- Pins & Needles
- Shooting Pains
- Stabbing Pains
- Generally painful feet: ranging from mild and infrequent, to chronic and constant.
Treatment for Foot Pain
To work out what treatment is the best course of action, a thorough examination is needed to find the root cause of your condition. Once one of our practitioners has a full picture of how your body is functioning, they are in the position to recommend a treatment plan.
Either one of our three therapies at ProBack Clinics can be used to treat the underlying cause of foot pain.
- With a condition like Achilles Tendinitis, restricted blood flow to tendons can slow down the rate at which your body can repair itself. Shockwave therapy is an excellent option in this scenario because it uses a percussive, tapping motion to stimulate blood flow to the area and break down scar tissue. Better blood flow leads to better, faster healing. This type of therapy can also be used directly on the plantar fascia (the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes), to break down any scar tissue as well as ease myofascial spasm and generally tense muscles.
- Our K Laser therapy uses light therapy to target an area of the body at the cellular level, which increases cell activity and helps develop new blood vessels in surrounding tissue (a process called neovascularisation). A combination of our shockwave and laser treatments can make a big difference to the healing time of an injury. In the case of a slow healing injury, or an older patient with an already slower healing time, laser therapy works deep down into the tissues to help stimulate the body’s natural healing and tissue repair processes. This can mean less pain, boosted circulation, and a decrease in swelling and inflammation.
- If your foot pain is the result of another condition, for example Sciatica, spinal decompression can be an effective type of treatment because it targets the root cause. Sciatica happens when there is pressure on a the sciatic nerve or a nerve root, leading to pain, weakness and tingling sensations that can be felt from the buttocks, down to the leg, calf, and into the feet and toes. Sciatica usually means there is a more severe underlying problem with the spine itself, but it can cause pain in the feet and toes.
- Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy applies a gentle form of traction using a small amount of your body weight. The therapy is a controlled and safe way to relieve pressure on the spine by causing the discs to separate to draw in disc material. This in turn allows nutrients back into the discs, helping them rehydrate, and produce an optimal healing environment for the discs which lasts after the treatment has been completed.
What are the most common causes of foot pain?
Plantar fasciitis (when a band of tissue in the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes, known as the plantar fascia, becomes damaged and thickens), is one of the most common causes of foot pain, along with arthritis and Achilles tendinitis. Plantar fasciitis is most common in middle aged patients, but can affect younger patients that take part in more vigorous daily activity, for example athletes.
Are there exercises I can do for foot pain?
While there may be exercises that claim they can help with foot pain, a professional opinion and diagnosis is essential to avoid any further damage to the tissues in your feet. A detailed examination and diagnosis, and targeted treatment can help to the reduce inflammation, swelling and pain associated with your condition. Once you are able to get back on your feet you can strengthen the area in a safe way and minimise the risk of any permanent damage.
What treatment is best for foot pain?
Finding the best course of treatment relies on an accurate diagnosis of the underlying problem. At ProBack Clinics we use three different types of therapy that can help in relieving foot pain.
How do you identify a diagnosis for foot pain?
A diagnosis for the cause of your foot pain is gained through a complete health history and examination. If the foot pain was caused by trauma, or originating from other areas of the body, x-rays may be taken to better identify the structures involved. This process is necessary to determine which treatments are best suited for your condition.
“I have more confidence in my overall movement”
“I feel stronger and the pain is gone”
“I have free movement, less pain and less stiffness.”