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Common Causes of Foot Pain

Nearly everyone will experience foot pain at some point in their life. It may only present itself in the form of minor tenderness or swelling, or it may cause excruciating pain that keeps you off your feet. To make matters worse, it's oftentimes difficult to pinpoint where exactly the pain is coming from. Since the foot contains hundreds of nerve endings, you will generally feel pain anytime those nerves are affected. Here we'll take a closer look at some of the most common causes of foot pain and reveal some simple treatment options.

You might be surprised to learn that there are 24 different bones in the average person's foot, all of which have their own unique purpose. If one of these bones is fractured or becomes misaligned, it can cause a wide range of symptoms from pain to swelling and tenderness. In addition, women who wear high-heeled shoes on a daily basis are susceptible to developing an extra bone, such as the case for actress Jessica Parker. According to some reports, she wore high-heels for 12-18 hours a day, which ultimately resulted in an extra foot bone. Parker has since given up her love for high-heeled shoes and wears sneakers instead.

Plantar fasciitis is arguably the single most common type of foot pain. This condition occurs when the tissue between the heel and toes become inflamed, leading to pain, swelling, tenderness and general discomfort. Plantar fasciitis is typically caused by walking or running on your feet for long periods of time or not wearing the correct footwear. People who work on their feet on all day are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis than workers who sit behind a desk.

If you experience foot pain after wearing a particular pair of shoes, you should immediately stop wearing them. Even if a pair of shoes “looks” comfortable, they may not be the best choice for your feet. The fact is that everyone's feet are shaped differently, and while one pair of shoes may work best for one person, another pair may work better for you. When shopping for a new pair of shoes, take your time to try on several different pairs to see which ones conform to the shape of your feet.

For swollen feet, the best approach is to use a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. These medicine are designed specifically to reduce swelling throughout your body and will help relieve the tender feeling in your feet. Just remember to carefully read the label and never use more than the maximum daily amount, as it can essentially increase your risk of developing a stroke.

Taking care of your feet is also essential to preventing future pain and problems from developing. Try to get into the habit of soaking your feet once every couple of days to help alleviate the pain. Doing so will naturally subside some of the swelling while moisturizing your feet at the same time. Besides, who doesn't enjoy the relaxing and soothing sensation of a good foot soak?

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