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Cures for Foot Pain

At one time or another, nearly every person in each age group has complained of foot problems. It is believed that foot pain is one of the most common ailments suffered by individuals. Although there are complaints of pain in the feet among all age groups, people over the age of sixty generally suffer from pain of this nature more due to the fact that as one ages the bones of the body tend to weaken and the legs begin to have more difficulty holding the weight of the body as they did in younger years.

Discomfort at a Glance

Although very common, statistics show that there are three conditions that account for nearly eighty percent of all the complaints of pain in the feet. With these conditions like so many others, individuals with prolonged signs and symptoms should seek medical treatment:

• The most common of all the causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia holds and maintains in placement the arches of the feet. It is a vital in balance as well as in the assistance of the muscles surrounding it and locomotion.

Generally, the inflammation is a result of an accumulation of lactic acid which is usually caused by too much exercise. The best treatment for plantar fasciitis is rest unless the pain becomes intolerable. If this happens, one should seek medical attention. Most professionals will probably recommend taking some sort of pain relief medication accompanied by a muscle relaxant and insist upon an extended break from exertion.

• In some heel pain causes, without any known reasoning, a bony projection forms in the heel of the foot on the calcaneum bone. This presses on the structures that surround it such as the muscles, nerves, fascia, and blood vessels. As a result, individuals will suffer from extremely severe heel pain and over the lower part of the foot. Pain medications will only briefly relieve the pain from this calcaneal spur and surgically removing the spur is the only cure.

• Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This tendon forms the connection of calf muscles to the bony structures of the foot and facilitates each aspect of locomotion. Exercise is also one of the main causes of this inflammation and rest is highly recommended. In more severe cases, however, the tendon, fascial structure, and the muscles may be involved. Again, professionals recommend relaxation and the use of pain killers.

Sometimes, this treatment will offer very minimal relief and surgery will need to be performed in order for the tendon to be relieved of the tension.

Less Severe Foot Pain

Many home remedies such as hot and cold treatment often help and cure some types of foot pain. Simply applying an ice pack and a heating pad for a few minutes is considered to be very effective plantar fasciitis treatment. Proper foot hygiene may lessen the chance of foot problems caused by infections. Thoroughly washing the feet with an antiseptic soap and rinsing followed by drying well will keep germs and bacteria from being able to generate easily.
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