Every day millions of employed people are on their feet standing; some individuals are finding ways to deal with minor discomfort while others are struggling with the reality that they may never work again.
Even though foot pain is one of the most common complaints that working people have, this knowledge does little to relieve the daily struggle of coping with discomfort. The good news is that it’s easier than ever to diagnose and treat a multitude of problems, which means that most people can stop living with foot pain altogether and get on with their lives.
When discussing and analyzing foot pain it’s important to remember that this type of discomfort can affect the whole foot, the toes (one or several at a time), the ankle, the heel of the foot, the ball of the foot, and/or the arch. If you are experiencing pain in any of these areas then you are considered to be experiencing foot pain.
If the pain persists for several days, if it worsens, or if additional symptoms begin to appear then you need to see your doctor or a podiatrist. Proper foot care is essential to everyone’s health and it is absolutely crucial to people living with diabetes.
This is an overview of the general nature and common causes of foot pain as well as an introduction to the most recommended non-invasive treatments used on minor pain. The information is neither exhaustive nor a medical prescription for treatment; it simply indicates the nature of foot pain and the most conservative methods of treatment available to help alleviate the discomfort caused by minor ailments.
There is less information available on this subject than there is for other medical conditions, but here are a few statistics that can help contextualize the nature and prevalence of people living with foot pain:
• The single most common reason for doctor’s visits and medical care is foot pain.
• More than seven million people are hospitalized in the United States every year for orthopedic problems specifically related to the feet.
• One in seven people are afflicted with orthopedic foot problems.
• Musculoskeletal disorders, including feet and ankle problems, cost insurance companies billions of dollars each year.
As you can see, foot pain is an expensive, time-consuming problem that affects millions of people every day, but there are reasonable solutions to both minor issues and those involving more in-depth treatment.
How Foot Pain is Categorized
Foot pain of every origin is organized under six broad categories in order to classify the underlying cause of distress. The six categories are as follows:
• Acquired Pain: This type of discomfort is the result of physical stress and/or minor mechanical and structural changes within the foot.
• Arthritis Pain: This is one of the most common reasons for foot pain, and when there is a pain in both feet there is an increased likelihood that other joints throughout the body are also being afflicted by inflammation.
• Infection: Fungal infections of the foot are common and toenails are unsightly and slightly difficult to treat. Bacterial and viral infections occur less frequently and require immediate care.
• Neoplastic Disorders: These disorders are usually referred to as tumors, and include both malignant and benign growths.
• Trauma: This type of pain refers to an injury of the foot and/or ankle.
Common Causes of Foot Pain After Standing all Day
Foot pain can be very disturbing especially if you spend a sizeable proportion of your time walking. If you do not know the cause of this problem, it might be difficult to relieve foot pain or use other remedial measures.
Foot pain can be caused by either certain medical conditions or poor physical care. There are some general conditions that have been known to either cause or aggravate pain.
1. Improper shoes
Wearing ill-fitting shoes is a major cause of foot pain. For ladies, high heel shoes have always been associated with aggravating the pain in the toes. High heels and other shoes that alter the natural positioning of the foot not only affect the general posture of the body but also affect blood circulation in the foot.
2. Arthritis and diabetes
Additionally, some medical conditions whether in the foot or other parts of the body can cause foot pain. Two medical conditions that have been linked with foot problems are diabetes and arthritis. Diabetes is more serious if the patient has foot disorders such as bunions and claw toes, as it may lead to amputation in extreme cases.
3. Standing All Day
A more common foot problem is picked from usual jobs such as construction, chefs, and nurses who are on their feet all day. When the feet are subjected to
This should be ensured bearing in mind that naturally, there is an imbalance between the two legs. If this imbalance is aggravated through high-impact exercises, some of the injuries that might occur include muscle cramps, blisters, plantar fasciitis, and knee and ankle injuries.
How To Relieve Foot Pain From Standing All Day
There are many non-invasive treatments available to people suffering from foot pain, and for those whose suffering is not relieved by these suggestions, there are many more options to be found in doctors’ offices or through a podiatrist.
Most doctors and specialists will first recommend trying non-invasive or ‘conservative’ treatments for pain, and only when these options are exhausted will they move on to riskier procedures.
The exact treatment that your doctor or podiatrist recommends depends on the cause and severity of the foot pain being addressed, the overall health of the patient, any additional foot problems that may be present, and your own personal preferences.
Here is a list that outlines some of the most frequently used approaches for treating foot pain:
1. Icing the inflamed/injured area
Ice reduces the pain temporarily by numbing the pain-causing nerve endings. Placing ice on a swelled part of the foot can also reduce the swelling and in essence alleviate the pain. However, it is important not to subject the body to prolonged ice exposure to avoid skin and nerve damage.
2. Bracing the injured or unstable bone or joint
3. Shoe Inserts/Orthotics
4. Stretching Exercises
6. Topical creams, gels, and lotions
7. Rest and immobilization
8. Modifying footwear (ensuring adequate support, room, and cushioning)
9. Cortisone Injections in inflamed muscles or tendons
10 Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy
11. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
There are several approaches that can be applied to help you stop living with foot pain, no matter what the cause of the discomfort is. It’s always best to start with non-invasive treatments such as rest, ice, stretching, and rehabilitation before moving on to more serious procedures.
While most foot pain is not indicative of another medical issue it should also never be ignored because there are times when it will manifest due to a more serious underlying cause, and diabetics should never minimize the significance of foot pain under any circumstances.
One final note: good foot health means good health in general and there is never any harm in making sure that you take care of your feet before problems arise.