End Your Foot Pain

Learn About Bunyans and Pain

The foot is an incredible structure that is often not given enough TLC. Instead of coddling them, we often make their job even harder. We are all aware of stressors such as ill-fitting shoes and high heels, but were you aware that carrying excess weight can contribute to the deterioration of your feet? Here are some common problems along with easy solutions to ease your foot pain.


Though the number of people that have osteoarthritis isn’t known, experts agree that it has become more common in the last few decades.

Many people with osteoarthritis in the foot report a stiff big toe, and this is because we push off on it with every step we take. The cartilage in the joint begins to break down and this can lead to pain and stiffness when you walk, a disorder called as hallux limitus. The join can eventually stop moving altogether. This is a painful condition known as hallux rigidus. Some individuals also experience an overgrowth of bone formation on top of the joint, commonly known as a bone spur, which many patients mistaken for a bunion.

If you suspect a problem, talk with your doctor as soon as possible. You can help control the condition with shoes that stop your big toe from knocking up against the front and side of your shoe. Shoes containing a rigid sole can also help manage the problem because it keeps the toe from twisting. In the early stages of osteoarthritis, exercises can help you recover range of motion in the digit.

Try putting a towel on the ground and placing your foot on it, ensuring that your heel is up against the edge of the towel. Use your toes to grip the fabric and move it towards your heel bit by bit. Repeat this exercise five times, three times a week until your symptoms subside. You can speak with your doctor about prescription shoe inserts.

He or she may also recommend medication like a cortisone injection or ibuprofen. Depending on the severity, surgery may also be an option.

A Bunion

A bunion is a bony bump that develops at the base of your joint and forces the big toe up against the others. This can lead to swelling, soreness, thickening of the skin and may eventually limit your movement. Genetics may predispose you to bunions but they can also be caused by high heels and tight shoes. A bunion can form at any age, but the likelihood becomes more common as you get older.

If the big toe starts moving inward towards the others, you may be able to move it back into its original position and prevent a bunion from forming. Sit down and place your feet together. Loop an elastic band around the big toes and gradually pull your feet away from each other to create tension on the rubber band. Hold this position for 20 seconds and repeat 10 times. To maintain improvement, do three sets of these once a day. Flexible splints are also available to reduce mild displacement of the toe.

If the bunion has progressed to the point where you have trouble walking due to the pain, you may be a candidate for bunion surgery.

Heel Pain Syndrome

If you are experiencing a dull ache in the center of the heel, you may have a condition known as heel pain syndrome. This happens when the fatty pads in your heels lose some of their elasticity because of aging or excess weight, leading to inflammation and chronic pain. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that do not exacerbate the injury, and use an over the counter help pad or heel cup to give your foot some extra cushion. You can also ice the heel to reduce inflammation and discomfort.

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