There are other reasons for foot discomfort aside from wearing ill-fitting shoes or footwear. Common reasons include overuse, injuries, and arthritis. Other than that, bones, nerves, tendons, and ligaments may also possibly be damaged. If you have achy feet, keep reading to learn about the most prevalent causes of foot pain.
The foot is a complex physical component that bears the body’s weight, and discomfort can appear in various ways depending on the reason. The foot’s arch, the foot, the outer side of the foot, the sole, the ball of your foot, the toes, heels, ankles, or tendons may all be painful.
Depending on the source, the pain may be an ache, a burning feeling, inflammation or discomfort, or severe pain. It may appear and disappear depending on your activities.
Here are the top 6 reasons for foot discomfort.
A bunion is an abnormal, bulging, bony lump that forms on the big toe joint. Bunions frequently cause discomfort in the big toe or foot, making wearing shoes and walking difficult.
Corns, which are tiny, spherical regions of thickened, hard skin, can cause foot pain and discomfort when walking. Corns are most commonly found on the sides or tips of the toes, although they can also develop on the sole. They are caused by pressure and friction on the feet, which is frequently caused by ill-fitting shoes.
Ingrown toenails cause discomfort and inflammation around the toenail’s edge, most commonly on the big toe. Ingrown toenails are frequent, especially among young adults. Ingrown toenails can be caused if you cut your toenails too short or in a curve (rather than straight across), as well as wearing pointed-toe and high-heeled shoes.
Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are among some conditions that can occur. Plantar fasciitis can produce pain in the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that goes across the bottom of the foot and connects to the heel bone.
The plantar fascia can become tight with repetitive foot movement, causing chronic traction (tugging) on its attachment point into the heel bone, resulting in inflammation and discomfort. At the point of the traction on the bone, a ‘spur’ may form and extend into the surrounding tissue. This is referred to as a heel spur.
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains of the muscles and ligaments in your foot, such as an ankle sprain, are expected as a result of overuse or undertaking more physical activity than usual.
Sprains and strains can cause discomfort, swelling, bruising, and loss of mobility.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by a compression of the posterior tibial nerve that travels through the tarsal tunnel in the ankle.
Tingling, pins and needles, shooting pains, numbness, or burning along the inside of the ankle or foot are symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the wrist, is comparable to tarsal tunnel syndrome.