What hurts me? – Foot pain
What are the causes?
- degenerative disease e.g. hallux
- ankle sprain
- damage to the ligaments
- inflammation of the plantar aponeurosis
- calcaneal spur
Feet are a very important part of our body. Irregularities caused by their damage or disease can affect the whole body. While solving foot pain problems, we take into account osseous-joint connections, ligaments, straps, muscles, but also vessels and nerves supplying the foot. An assessment of patient stabilization is an important element of the examination.
What to do?
There are several possibilities that we are able to apply ourselves to solve foot problems. In case of ankle sprain and / or ligaments damages, in addition to pain, there can occur swelling in the form of a hematoma or a swollen tissue. Use an ice pack and relieve the foot. In case of ankle sprain, immobilization in the form of plaster should not be used.
The use of loose, non-compressing footwear will help with hallux pain.
In case of problems with the plantar fasciata and heel spurs a gentle sole massage made with a small ball will be helpful.
In all above-mentioned problems, it is worth to consult a physiotherapist to examine the foot and plan the next steps.
The symptom that will indicate a disease called gout is sudden, acute pain in the joint that appears at night or early in the morning. It will become more severe over time. After a few days, sometimes even weeks, it will become excruciating. The affected joint will be sensitive to touch, swollen and red, skin over it taut, shiny, red or purple. If you notice any of these symptoms, please consult your doctor. The consequence of avoiding treatment will be the deposition of urate crystals not only in the joints, but also in the soft tissues of the heels, toes, ears and in the synovial bouquets of various joints and the formation of so-called tophus there.
People with type 2 diabetes, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, are at risk of developing the diabetic foot syndrome. The disease is characterized by insufficient blood circulation in feet, which reduces their pain sensitivity, impedes the healing of wounds and ulcers indicating a progressive necrotic process. The structure of bones and joints is weakened, which results in deformation of the foot which indisposes walking.
How do we treat?
- during osteopathic therapy we tone the tension, and thanks to special energizing techniques we can ensure the greater blood supply to the painful places, which in turn leads to a shorter treatment process
- rehabilitation classes are aimed at finding the cause of the ailments and introducing specific changes in movement patterns so that the patient can return to full fitness
- frequent yoga classes or building a patient’s awareness of his ailments, allow him to learn about himself and thus to self-heal the body