The most recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that more than three-quarters of Americans have experienced foot pain. While only a third of those seek professional care to treat it, foot pain can have a significant impact on the quality of life, with many noting that it restricts their ability to walk, work, exercise, or take part in other activities.
Here’s a long at the most common foot injuries and how they can be addressed.
One of the most common foot injuries, plantar fasciitis occurs with the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot, linking the toes and heel bone, becomes inflamed. If you have stabbing pain in your heel that usually occurs in the morning and gradually improves over the course of the day, but sometimes returns after long periods of standing, it’s likely plantar fasciitis.
Runners commonly develop it, and those who are overweight or wear shoes with inadequate support can experience this too.
If you think you may have this foot problem, there is a simple plantar fasciitis test you can when you first get out of bed in the morning to help your healthcare provider give you a proper diagnosis. If you experience a lot of pain near the heel of your foot when you take that first step, and that it gradually fades to a more reasonable level as you walk, there’s a good chance that you have plantar fasciitis. If chronic heel pain results it can be significantly lessened through foot exercise and deep foot massage.