Some people will do almost anything to avoid pain. It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant. Our bodies were designed to be able to handle a certain degree of it, but not to deal with it as a constant fact of life. This goes for your feet as well. Many people live under the unfortunate belief that discomfort in the lower limbs is normal and to be expected, since the feet carry so much weight every day. Believe it or not, this is not true: pain is not a “normal” state for your feet and ankles. There are ways of managing it.
Why It Hurts
You experience pain when something in your lower limbs sustains damage, whether from an outside source or from something not functioning correctly. Pain from culprits outside your body can be hard to prevent. Usually you have no way of knowing you will sustain an injury until it happens—you step on a rock, drop a box on your toes, or trip playing sports. Though there are some ways of guarding against potential injuries, usually you just have to deal with them after they’ve occurred. Injuries that develop from incorrect biomechanics, however, can often be prevented by taking care of your feet and providing them with the support they require. Even if you aren’t able to prevent the problem before it happens, there are plenty of things you can do for pain management and staying active.
Eliminating the Distress
When you have foot pain, you need to have it examined to determine the specific cause, so that you can use targeted treatment to remedy the problem. General information and tips about foot pain can help you understand your discomfort and provide a little relief, but generally pain management for specific conditions is more effective. We evaluate your feet thoroughly to check for what is causing your discomfort. She may need diagnostic images of the affected area for a clearer view of what is happening inside your body. Once your pain has been diagnosed, different steps can be taken to alleviate the pain and, in many cases, correct the problem that caused it.
Changing your shoes can make a big difference for controlling and eliminating your pain. Footwear is one of the most influential forces on your feet. It can protect and stabilize you, or it can worsen or even cause issues in the way the structures function. Choose shoes that give your feet enough room to be comfortable as well as enough support and cushioning for your arches and soles. Avoid models that put unnecessary stress on the heels or balls of the feet, like super-flat ballet flats or too-high heels.
Other important parts of managing foot pain include physical therapy and treating any preexisting conditions that caused the problem. Stretches and exercises relax tightened muscles while also strengthening the tissues that support and stabilize your foot structures, reducing discomfort. However, if you don’t address the root source of a condition—any preexisting problems that led to the pain—you won’t be able to completely eliminate it.
Pain is a universal problem and everyone experiences it at some point, but constant, controlling discomfort in your lower limbs is not normal. Instead of just hoping your feet will feel better another day, investigate the cause and the solution. Call (908) 475-8750 or visit the website contact page for an appointment or more information.