Foot pain may arise as a result of many different problems; some locally in the foot, some systemic and some from the nervous system. The key with any type of foot pain is to receive a thorough assessment, a correct diagnosis, treatment options and their safety explained and possible outcomes discussed and then a course of treatment with re-assessment to ensure your goals are being reached.
So who do you go to for foot pain? Some conditions like ingrown toenails, diabetic feet, corns and callouses can be very painful and treatment by a podiatrist is the best course of action. But is a podiatrist the only professional to visit when it comes to foot pain? What if your foot pain comes from altered mechanics or even your spine – is it off to the podiatrist again in these cases?
Your feet are the foundation of the body. They touch the ground first when you are standing, walking and running. Philosopher Socrates once said: “To him whose feet hurt everything hurts.” For anyone who has suffered from foot pain they would no doubt agree. The causes of foot pain are varied. The 3 most common reasons clients present to a Massage Therapists are, Planter Fasciitis, Tendinitis and Heal Pain
Taking good care of our feet is something that is often overlooked by a lot of people. After all, our feet are not only vital for the movement of our body from one place to the next, but our foot/ankle complex is important for shock absorption, support and balance of the upright body.
Each foot comprises of 26 bones which are supported by a series of muscles and ligaments to allow movement for walking and running, and provide stability to prevent injury and absorb shock during movement.
What is your definition of health? A lack of symptoms or optimally functioning body?
We live in a world where a lack of symptoms is considered being healthy. Many of us go to the doctor when a symptom has arisen because this symptom has made us unhealthy. We expect the doctor to do something or prescribe something to magically make our symptoms go away and then we are healthy again.