Foot pain is an extremely common problem among adults and can have a number of different contributing factors. These include age, being overweight, activity levels, as well as structural issues in the foot itself.
Due to the number of contributing factors, it can often be difficult to pin-point an exact reason for someone to be experiencing foot pain. It is not uncommon to see someone with pain but no obvious structural issues, and also for someone to have quite obvious structural issues on scans but have no pain!
Foot pain will often present in three different areas:
- around the heel
- through the arch and middle of the foot
- and around the ball of the foot.
Pain around the heel may be caused by irritation of the Achilles tendon, irritation of the fat pad and/or bursa of the heel, and heel spurs.
Pain through the arch and middle of the foot may be caused by irritation of the plantar fascia and irritation of the tibialis posterior tendon attachment.
Pain through the ball of the foot may be caused by irritation of the heads of the metatarsal bones, a neuroma, and/or sesamoiditis.
Regardless of where your pain is and what’s causing it, here are 3 simple things to try to start to work on to develop stronger and healthier feet!