Your feet hold the weight of your world every day, and nothing is worse than when they are sore — especially during the holidays. Anyone who’s ever had to walk through the mall, loaded with bags, listening to happy carollers, while the bottoms of their feet burn and ache with each step knows that pain personally. Even Socrates, the classical Greek philosopher, knew how the true pain of hurt feet. He once said, “When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” Socrates is absolutely right. When we have foot pain, we change our walking patterns to reduce the pressure on our feet.
While changing how we walk offers relief for our feet, it means another body part is taking the heat. The end result can mean pain in the back, neck or knees. Knowing that the average woman who shops takes more than 7,000 steps each time they head out on a shopping spree — almost three quarters of the 10,000 daily number recommended — you can see how a quick trip to the mall can lead to discomfort that’s much more than buyer’s remorse.
So what are some of the possible causes of sore feet? Generally, pain is connected to inflammation. Overuse of joints, ligaments, and muscles can lead to inflammation and the resulting pain is the signal of the damage that has been done.
Besides body wear and tear, there are a few serious underlying medical conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, or circulation issues that can cause similar foot pain symptoms. And wearing poor footwear can play a part in turning a little foot problem into a big one.
My best advice if you have foot pain? Here are some tips:
Life should be a walk in the park (or the mall)! The good news for those anticipating a bit of foot pain this holiday season is that there are a range of treatment options at Head To Foot Oasis. Our Chiropodist Natasha Glodon can help to quickly diagnose the problem and offer the right solution with your foot comfort in mind.
Before you see her, try these at-home tips designed to help ease the pain:
Stand on solid ground this holiday! Visit us at Head To Foot Oasis.