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Foot Pain: Frequently Asked Questions

What causes foot pain?

The vast majority of foot pain is caused by the way you walk. Each time you take a step you are concentrating the weight of your body into 10 to 12 square inches of foot space. This concentrated weight is equal to hundreds of pounds of pressure on the feet with each step. The average person walks 10 to 15 miles per day. So you can see that every day you are applying thousands of pounds of force into your feet. Over a 30 to 70 year life time the amount of weight applied to the feet is enormous. ...

What are the reasons for ankle/foot pain?

This pain can derive from arthritis, a fracture, or a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve in an ankle is called Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Or there may be pain in the nerve under the sole of the foot, called meta-tarsal neuralgia.

Is the SDO only for foot pain?

Definitely not. It corrects the naturally poor alignment of all feet which, over time, affects, ankles, knees, hips and low back. 9- It sounds like you'd recommend the SDO for everybody. Actually, that's true. Most people are in pain when they contact me. My issue is prevention. If I could make everyone wear the SDO from about the age of 10 years and up I could prevent a lot of common foot and lower extremity problems like knee, hip, and low back pain, that take a long time to show up over a lifetime. ...

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Can running cause foot pain?

The vast majority of problems that people experience with running relate to improper stretching and bad footwear. For example, the Achilles tendon should be stretched for 5 to 10 minutes both before and after running. At the Texas Foot & Ankle Center, we have numerous handouts available to help you with proper stretching exercises. We also believe that the best shoes provide ankle support and shock absorption. Check various brands for the right fit. ...

Is my foot pain normal?

Foot pain of any type is not normal. Any foot pain should be evaluated by a Podiatrist.

What one must do for ankle/foot pain?

If the pain does not resolve within couple of days, then one should be checked out by his/her physician for appropriate treatment.

Do Cova25 shoes address ball of foot pain?

Yes. Also called metatarsalgia, pain under the ball of the foot can often be alleviated with custom full-length orthotics made specifically for your Cova25 shoes.

Are you suffering with a nagging foot pain?

Are you suffering with a nagging foot pain? If so, Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) may help you get the comfort you deserve 60% faster compared to having no treatment. LILT is the application of red and infra-red light over injuries to improve soft tissue healing, resulting in the relief of both acute and chronic conditions. Simply stated, the diodes from the laser unit emit light and the body absorbs it painlessly. ...

Will orthotics help my foot pain?

Most people believe that we are all magically designed to walk on straight flat surfaces. It is all you see and it is the only surface you can walk on unless you are out in the woods. The fact of the mater is that every foot is different. From your toes to your ankle each foot is composed of 26 bones. The 26 bones of each foot are unique. Your right foot is different from your left. Each foot has a special position called the neutral subtalor joint position where that foot is in its most stable weight bearing configuration. ...

What if I do not currently have any foot pain? Should I still consider them?

Yes. As mentioned above, orthotics should be thought of as preventative medicine.

Will Flexstat help the general foot pain I have at the end of the day?

Yes. Overuse, micro injuries and fatigue causes the kind of muscle and joint pain effectively treated by
Yes. General foot pain at the end of the day is a result of overuse, micro injuries and fatiguing and can cause muscle and joint pain that is effectively treated by Flexstat™.

IS ACUPUNCTURE EFFECTIVE FOR TREATING FOOT/HEEL PAIN?

Foot or heel pain can be initiated by many potential causes including plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, fallen arches, muscle imbalances in the leg, increased exercise, etc. Since each patient is unique, it is important to evaluate what precipitated and what is aggravating the condition. Many patients have seen a significant reduction in pain with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

How will your Foot Trainer exercises end my foot/leg pain?

Foot Trainer exercises will stop the pain and cumulative damage cycle caused by loading cold foot/leg muscles with the first step out of bed in the morning because you perform the exercises in your bed. They address the cause of the pain by strengthening the typically weak extensor muscles and relaxing the tight flexor muscles. The exercises are performed in a safe non-weight bearing position and the 3 types of exercises allow you to progress at your own pace. They isolate muscles that are typically neglected.

What are the value of arch supports. Do some people need custom-made orthoses to alleviate foot pain?

Arch supports are devices used to support and help align the foot to improve the manner in which it functions. There are various types of arch supports available. They range from 'over-the-counter' styles of devices to custom prescribed devices which people receive from podiatrists. In simple terms over-the-counter orthoses are made typically with only one arch shape and fairly limited sizes. ...
Arch supports are devices used to support and help align the foot to improve the manner in which it functions. There are various types of arch supports available. They range from 'over-the-counter' styles of devices to custom prescribed devices which people receive from podiatrists. In simple terms over-the-counter orthoses are made typically with only one arch shape and fairly limited sizes. ...

Will wearing orthotics relieve my foot pain?

Foot Orthotics correct for improper walking styles and by doing so, they both lessen and redistribute the pressures transmitted not only to your feet, but to the rest of the muscles, joints and ligaments in your body. Pain in the feet and lower limbs can be due to a variety of conditions, both structural and functional. The most common complaints are from flat feet (pes planus) or high arches (pes cavus) causing unnatural movement and uneven weight distribution. ...

I don’t have any foot pain now but will Cyberorthotics prevent me from getting problems later on?

Cyberorthotics can be used by anyone and it can also be used for preventative measures. For example, as we get older the arches of our feet tend to flatten down which can eventually cause postural problems or poor alignment in our feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips and even the lower back. Cyberorthotics will limit your arches from flattening down and therefore help keep your body better aligned.

Why does having flat feet cause foot and back pain?

People with flat feet tend to place extra tension on the structures along the inside arch of the foot. This tension leads to wear and tear of the structures, incorrect joint movement and consequently pain. Conditions such as flat feet are hereditary and can be identified at a young age, the onset of pain and discomfort can be avoided and possibly corrected, if treated early.

I often get foot pain, is this not just from over activity?

The foot contains 26 bones, up to 2 sesamoid bones, and many small structures which support and balance the weight of the entire body. Walking puts up to 1.5 times one's body weight on the foot, and humans walk an average of 1,000 miles per year. Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored; problems can affect the functioning of other parts of the body, including the hips, knees, and back. These are foot-related problems that may be related to biomechanical issues. ...

My children don't have any foot pain. Shy should I take them to a podiatrist?

Children may have structural imbalances of the feet that may go unrecognized and can lead to deformities and imbalances within the skeletal system. Early detection can lead to fewer difficulties as your child grows up.

My children don't have any foot pain. Why should I take them to a podiatrist?

Children may have structural imbalances of the feet that may go unrecognized and can lead to deformities and imbalances within the skeletal system. Early detection can lead to fewer difficulties as your child grows up.

My family doctor says my foot or ankle pain is just arthritis. Can anything be done?

Possibly. Many types of arthritis pain can be easily and quickly alleviated. Sometimes we use tiny-incision arthroscopic surgery to “clean out” the arthritis.

After the birth of our second child, my wife developed severe foot pain. The doctor diagnosed her as suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. What is that?

Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia) is easily the most common cause of heel pain complained of in the field of orthopaedic and sports medicine. It is common in several categories of people, including runners and other athletes, people who have jobs that require a fair amount of walking or standing on a hard surface, and in some cases it is seen in people who have put on weight, as through pregnancy. ...

I had a neuroma removed from my foot and now the pain has come back. Why did the pain come back?

Studies have shown that 75% of patients have a positive response to neuroma surgery, although many patients may still have some uncomfortable but tolerable lingering sensation. Other patients experience pain from the sensitive nerve endings or from the formation of a painful stump neuroma (recurrent neuroma). This is especially painful when weight bearing (standing, walking). Symptoms may be similar to that experienced prior to initial surgery. ...
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After the birth of our second child, my wife took up aerobics to trim down. She developed severe foot pain and her doctor diagnosed her as suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. What is that?

Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia) is easily the most common cause of heel pain complained of in the field of orthopaedic and sports medicine. It is common in several categories of people, including runners and other athletes, people who have jobs that require a fair amount of walking or standing on a hard surface, and in some cases it is seen in people who have put on weight, as through pregnancy.
Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia) is easily the most common cause of heel pain complained of in the field of orthopaedic and sports medicine. It is common in several categories of people, including runners and other athletes, people who have jobs that require a fair amount of walking or standing on a hard surface, and in some cases it is seen in people who have put on weight, as through pregnancy. ...

My son has developed foot heel pain. He's only 12 but he is very active in sports. What's going on?

He probably has developed an inflammation of the growth plate of the heel. This should be treated professionally immediately to reduce the chance of heel deformity.
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