If you are frequently using your feet for high-stress physical activities (such as running), you may be at risk of falling victim to common problems and health concerns. In this blog, we’ll list a few common health issues in the feet that may be relevant for you to learn more about.
Stone bruises - also known as metatarsalgia - is a condition whereby the area between the toes and the arch of the foot is numb, with occasional bouts of sharp pains. For individuals experiencing this issue, they may have a ‘stone’ in their foot due to an underlying condition or wearing poor-fitting shoes. Stone bruises may be treated with ice therapy, however, it is always wise to visit a qualified health practitioner for a diagnosis for potentially more effective treatments.
Also known as heel pain, plantar fasciitis occurs when the bottom part of an individual’s foot (used to support the arch) becomes inflamed. Individuals experiencing plantar fasciitis may feel pain on the bottom of their heel, and may feel the pain as they perform physical activities such as jogging or running.
More noticeable than stone bruises are bunions. A bunion refers to a tender bump that is usually on the large toe joint and is known as hallux valgus by doctors. Bunions can be caused by the prolonged wearing of narrow and restrictive shoes, as well as other underlying conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Bunions may also come in many forms, with some individuals developing a visible bump or callus, and others feeling tenderness around the joint or even pain in the big toe.
Physical therapy or shoe changes such as the addition of orthotics may help with treating the above listed common health concerns involving the feet. If you are looking to have customised orthotics made for you, visit Sydney Spinal Care.