Pain Our feet are made up of not only twenty-six bones and thirty-three joints, but more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons too (1). They not only have the responsibility of propelling our legs forward but also act as shock absorbers. As they are tasked with carrying body weight all day long, it is no surprise that they are susceptible to pain. Foot pain can range in nature and severity, and it is no surprise that top of foot pain or ball of foot pain can make it difficult to go about your daily activities (1). Sore and tender areas on your feet are uncomfortable and may inhibit your shoe choices.
If you experience pain in your heel, you could have plantar fasciitis. This is an irritation of the tough band of tissue (fascia) that runs through the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes (4). The pain tends to develop gradually and is most painful when you’re getting out of bed in the morning and at the end of the day. You can also experience pain and tenderness at the back of your heel, this may be cause by Achilles tendonitis, inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. When you experience heel pain consider; resting your heel, stretching and wearing comfortable shoes to help relieve the pain.
Blisters & Corns
Ill-fitting shoes can cause friction and excessive pressure on the skin, leading to blisters and corns. Both conditions can give rise to pain and discomfort when you stand or walk. Often, blisters will heal naturally in a few days and without any expert medical attention. Discomfort from corns can be eased by wearing more comfortable shoes coupled with the broad range of products available at Scholl. A visit to the podiatrist is required if symptoms persist.
Ball of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia)
Metatarsalgia is the medical term for pain in the ball of the foot or metatarsal. The metatarsal bones connect the toes to the foot. As a rule of thumb, any activity that could place excessive pressure on the ball of your foot can cause pain including strenuous activities such as running and jumping, poorly-fitting footwear or being overweight. Do not let soreness keep you from going about with your daily activities, explore the wide range of Scholl products to help you with your discomfort.
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