Approximately 19% of the U.S. population has an average of 1.4 foot problems annually. From minor stubbed toes to serious bunion deformities, these foot issues can lead to severe health issues down the line and potentially excruciating foot pain.
“No pain is normal, but it’s not surprising how many people experience it considered the types of shoes we wear,” said Hillary Brenner, D.P.M., a pediatric surgeon and spokesperson for the American Pediatric Medical Association (APMA).
Hopefully, understanding some of the many causes of major foot pain and foot-related health issues will help you be pain free and remain on your feet, literally. Here are some common causes of foot pain:
- Bunions — Studies have shown that approximately a quarter to one-third of American adults have some sort of bunion deformity. Bunion issues can start off small and then progress into serious and painful health concerns. Don’t ever neglect any signs of oncoming bunions, and get to a doctor right away if the pain worsens.
- Plantar Fasciitis — One of the most common forms of foot discomfort is pain around the heel. Plantar fascia is a thick ligament that runs from the heel to the bottom of the foot near the front of the toe. When that ligament becomes inflamed, it can lead to sharp, stabbing pain inside the heel. Tension and stress from uncomfortable shoes typically is the reasoning for this intense cause of pain.
- Foot or ankle strains and sprains — If you’re an overly active individual, despite all the health benefits you’re enjoying from being active, you’re running a risk of injuring your feet and ankles. We’ve all had a rolled ankle or similar minor injuries, but it’s imperative to address them right away. Ignoring sprains and strains can realist in extreme pain and chronic issues down the line. Before you can visit a podiatrist or medical professional, if you injured your ankle or foot in any way, rest your feet, keep them elevated, and ice them.
It’s time to start taking better care of your body and it starts with your feet. If your foot health is in severe jeopardy and you’re in need of painless bunion surgery, give Dr. Richard Moy a call right away.