Wearing high heels often can cause foot pain and other problems such as bunions, corns, calluses, and hammertoes. A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association revealed that 73 percent of women have a foot issue related to the shoes that they wear. Women who wear high heels need to take precautions as well as recognize and treat problems early to avoid not just corns, but other problems associated with wearing high heels. Weakness in the foot can cause falling arches, bunions and hammer toes. These are potentially very painful. However, you can get a lot of relief by a few easy exercises.
The most common form of heel pain, is pain on the bottom of the heel. It tends to occur for no apparent reason and is often worse when first placing weight on the foot. Patients often complain of pain the first thing in the morning or after getting up to stand after sitting. The pain can be a sharp, searing pain or present as a tearing feeling in the bottom of the heel. As the condition progresses there may be a throbbing pain after getting off your feet or there may be soreness that radiates up the back of the leg.
For patients suffering from more serious biomechanical disorders the custom-made (rigid) Orthotics provide a better solution. The devices are only available from a Podiatrist. Over-pronation is the most common ailment most people suffer from. Conversely, the opposite of ‘pronation’ is ‘supination’. People suffering from this manifestation find their feet roll outwards or ‘supinate’ and the arch stiffens up remaining high as the foot makes contact with the ground. The deformity affects a mere 5 percent of the population and is called a Cavus or High Arch Foot. Supinators need custom-made Orthotic devices that correct the malfunction.
The word arthritis actually means joint inflammation. The term arthritis is used to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joint and other connective tissue. The pattern, severity and location of symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease. Typically, rheumatic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body. Calluses are commonly a more spread out area of thickened skin, and often occur on the balls of the feet.
Callouses and hammertoes are other common foot conditions that may arise when wearing narrow or tight shoes, whereas bunions form from smashing the big toe in an unnatural, inward position, callouses usually form when the structure of the shoes are very rigid and unforgiving. Dress shoes and stiff heels create callouses very quickly, and wear of these shoes should be diminished upon first callous detection. Hammertoes occur when the front-end of the shoes cause the toes to move into a triangular shape, allowing little room and mobility. Like bunions and callouses, hammertoes can cause great pain. How To Rid Bunions
Heat-mouldable Orthotics are cheaper alternatives to expensive customised Orthotics that can cost 0 – 0 per pair. They are standard ‘off-the-shelf’ flexible devices made from medium density EVA material. The device can be heated to slightly alter its shape. Sometimes, wedges are added for a more customised result. Heat-mouldable Orthotics cost around 0 to 0 and are much easier to get used to than custom rigid Orthotics. A study from the USA “identified the nature of a person’s walk as a source of chronic lower back pain,” The study further showed more than a fifty percent improvement in alleviation of back pain after wearing orthotics.
If you have a large bony bump on the joint of your big toe, you have a bunion. Bunions, according to the Mayo Clinic, are commonly caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Most of the time, a bunion can be taken care of by changing shoes, wearing inserts or padding the area around the bunion. In severe cases, however, bunions require surgery and there is a period of rehabilitation. Therapy can be broken down into seven weeks. Bunions can be both unsightly and very painful. While you may not be able to correct the look of your bunion, there are things you can do to relieve bunion pain.