May 6, 2016 | Categories: Fitness & Sports
If you’ve ever had a blister from, say, breaking in new shoes, you know firsthand how uncomfortable and frustrating it can feel to walk around or exercise with a nagging ouch. While that tenderness will eventually subside as the shoe molds to your foot, some other issues, such a sharp pain in your heel or arch, could worsen over time if untreated. Unfortunately, that’s what the majority of us do, hoping it just, poof, goes away.
According to a 2014 survey from the American Podiatric Medical Association, 77 percent of U.S. adults over age 18 have experienced foot pain. Of those people, only a third have visited a podiatrist for help. If the pain is fleeting, it’s understandable why you might not seek assistance. But if it’s reoccurring, it’s important to break the cycle of hurt before it develops into one of two types of foot injuries: traumatic (single-time injuries like a sprained ankle or broken bone) or microtrauma (those that occur over time usually from overuse).
“Repetitive stress injuries that occur over time are caused by extrinsic factors such as training errors or intrinsic factors, such as biomechanics deficits in flexibility, mobility, and stability,” says chiropractic physician Josh Sandell, D.C., the chief clinical officer of Orthology, a nationwide patient-focused facility for orthopedic care, and sports medicine specialist to the Minnesota Vikings. This causes abnormal strains and stressors throughout the kinetic chain and may result in an injury if you are not able to effectively adapt to these stressors or effectively compensate.
If you don’t want to end up needing crutches, don’t discount foot pain. Instead use this guide to better understand what you’re feeling and how you can ease the ache so that you can continue to make strong strides towards your life and fitness goals. After you’ve healed, consider seeing a physical therapist, trainer, or foot specialist to get your balance and strength assessed as well as your running and walking gait so that you’re better fitted for proper, supportive footwear.
Learn more about pain in your heels, arches or the top of your feet. Read the entire article on Sonima.com.
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