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Foot Pain

Foot Pain


Our feet are made up of many bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles.  Foot pain may be caused by a number of problems. Pain could be due to poorly fitting shoes, an underlying health condition, or a sprain or injury. A podiatrist specialises in foot anatomy and will be able to diagnose and assess the problem properly.      


Sprains can occur when muscles and ligaments in the foot are injured. Sprains do not usually cause any permanent damage and should heal by themselves. They may occur from possible over use or from landing on your foot the wrong way.  


Arthritis is also a common cause of foot pain and can occur as we get older and the arches of our feet change. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects the big toe. It requires treatment for it to be properly managed.      



Treatment type will depend on the cause of the pain. If it is due to an injury such as a sprain, general self-care may be all that is needed. Apply ice to the affected area to reduce any swelling, avoid activities that aggravate the injury, and rest until the pain improves. It is advisable to see your health care professional if the pain is persistent after a number of days, or if you experience any tingling or numbness of the feet.      



It may be possible to prevent some types of foot pain. It is important to engage in a good foot care routine to prevent any future problems.  Ensure that you:  

  • are wearing properly fitting shoes, especially if you are engaging in sport,  
  • avoid wearing high heeled shoes for long periods of time,  
  • engage in non-weight bearing exercise such as swimming to keep your joints moving,  
  • maintain a healthy weight as being overweight can also be a cause for foot pain as it places increased pressure on the feet, and keep toe nails cut short and file any sharp edges to reduce the risk of ingrown toe nails.  



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