Unbearable Foot Pain: Effects of Wearing Bad Shoes
If you’ve been suffering from unbearable foot pain for a while and want a lasting solution, then you’ve come to the right place. Millions of people across the world skip work and other important activities in their lives due to some form of foot pain. Like most people, chances are you’ve been experiencing the pain all thanks to the wrong shoes. That means that with the right shoes, orthotics and a good foot care routine, you can alleviate and prevent this pain and discomfort effectively. Keep reading to find out why wearing bad shoes has been the root of your unbearable foot pain and what you need to do about it.
You Don’t Have to Live With Foot Pain
It’s possible you’ve lived with foot pain for so long that you’ve almost become used to it. Pain in the arch of your foot, for instance, may have forced you to get used to standing or walking a certain way or using pain medication. Perhaps you’ve even changed your lifestyle, such as skipping exercise or work, because of your condition.
Nonetheless, no matter how bad, foot pain shouldn’t stop you from leading a normal life. Your feet cover more miles during your lifetime than many high-quality cars. While you should expect your feet to have some issues from time to time, you should never accept living with bad feet forever.
What Have Shoes Got to Do With It?
Wearing shoes that don’t provide the right arch support tends to inflame, tear or overstretch the plantar fascia, a ligament that connects the heel to the front part of the foot.
Also, wearing poorly fitting shoes tends to create ingrown toenails. This is because the pressure from narrow shoes can put excess pressure on the toes. In some cases, you might develop foot fungus by wearing thick, tight shoes because they squeeze your toes together and create the perfect environment for the fungus to survive and thrive. This may also create pain on the side of your foot.
Moreover, you need to remember that as you’ve been aging, the fat padding on the bottom of your feet has been thinning out. This is why it’s important to improve the quality of your footwear with age.
The good news is that your unbearable foot pain can be remedied. The next section explains in detail what you need to do.
How to Address Heel and Arch Pain
When you walk, your feet assume a certain pattern involving cycling between supination and pronation. More precisely, just before you take a step, your foot arches rise up and lock in place so that your foot becomes firm. That’s known as supination. When you land, your arches unlock and begin lowering. That’s known as pronation. If your heel pain is caused by the pronation or flat feet, you need to get proper arch support. A good orthotic device can assist with preventing over-pronation, supporting the arch and reducing the stretch on your fascia band, and relieving the pain. You can obtain a good custom orthotic from a reputable health professional.
Secondly, you should consider wearing shoes that fit properly. The shoes need to be specially created for heel and arch pain. Before getting a pair, a qualified health professional should assess your feet and recommend the right sizing for you.
Lastly, although flats are usually recommended for women to prevent foot issues, you should avoid wearing flimsy versions. A shoe with a one- or two-inch heel is most appropriate. This is important because the heel assists with aligning the foot and offering it more protection.
That Pain in the Ball of Your Foot Can Be Relieved
If you’ve been experiencing foot pain in the padding located below the toes, where you place the most pressure when standing or moving, then you’ve been suffering from metatarsalgia. Without a doubt, pain in the ball of the foot can be excruciating, but it has a remedy.
To address metatarsalgia, you need to wear comfortable shoes. The shoes should fit properly, as noted earlier.
Next, you need to exercise more often. While the pain may not allow you to engage in intense sports, you can do targeted stretches to boost flexibility and ease the pain.
Finally, you need to consider using orthotic inserts. Depending on how severe your condition is, we can recommend suitable orthotic inserts to align your foot and offer extra cushioning. We may also provide a pad to place beneath the ball of your foot to offer more relief.
If you’ve been experiencing pain on top of your foot, on the side, in the ball of your foot or in the heel, we’ve discussed a number of methods that you can utilize to relieve it. Please visit the Active Foot Store for a consultation on the best orthotic inserts for you, a proper foot assessment and suggestions for the right shoes to help you manage your unbearable foot pain.