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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Treating Your Common Foot Troubles - Part 2

Neuromas - an inflammation of a nerve, usually between the 3rd & 4th toe that causes pain or numbness. It is caused usually by rubbing up against the nerves due to a deformity in bone structure or due to shoes squeezing the foot.
  • Prevention: Avoid tight shoes.
  • Treatment: Use shoes that are custom-made orthotics or foot support pads/insoles. Other options are cortisone injections or in severe case, surgery.
Fallen Arches - the arches of the feet flatten out. Culprits are genetics, age, excessive weight or joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Prevention: Wear supportive shoes and keep weight at optimal level. Avoid long standing barefoot.
  • Treatment: Use arch supports 9available from podiatrists) on your shoes which can help put your body into alignment and alleviate pain. Other option is surgery in extreme cases.
Plantar Fasciitis - a stretching or inflammation or tearing of tissue along the arch (plantar fascia) which leads to foot pain. Causes are wearing shoes that offer no support, trauma or other sports-related injury, weight gain and tightness of leg muscles.
  • Prevention: Wear rigth supportive shoes, and warm up and stretch before exercising.
  • Treatment: Use arch support such as Flexify Anatomical arch supports. Other options include cortisone injections, and physical therapy. Surgery for severe cases.


chumly said...

Good foot advice. Thank you.