Foot pain is not life threatening, but it can sure put a damper on your lifestyle. You won’t feel like exercising as often, or even being active around the house, and over time this can lead to other problems like weight gain, stiff joints, boredom and depression.
Since about one fourth of people over age 45, and half of those over age 70 experience foot pain, this is a common problem. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept the discomfort as a normal part of aging.
First, let’s review some of the more common causes of foot pain:
- Diminished blood flow to the feet
- Arthritis in the ankle joint
- Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, “hammer toe” and bunions
- Thinning of the fatty pads on the bottoms of feet
Those are the common problems with feet, but what are the solutions? If you’re struggling with foot pain, try some of these remedies:
- Have shoes professionally fitted; ill fitting shoes can contribute to bunions, hammer toe, and corns
- Address your diet; anti-inflammatory foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce pain and swelling
- Lose weight; if you’re overweight, you’re placing extra strain on your joints with each step you take
- Go barefoot at home
- Exercise; strengthening your core and hips improves posture and can take some of the pressure off of your feet
- Roll your feet on a golf or lacrosse ball several times per day to relieve tension in tendons and fascial connections
Of course, at-home methods won’t always solve every problem. If your foot pain is severe, or persists after you’ve corrected suspected causes, talk to your primary care physician. He or she could be able to diagnose the problem, or you might need to see a specialist.