Foot pain after 40 (or any age actually), can be debilitating and demoralizing. It can have many causes ranging from internal or external derangement caused by trauma, disease or injuries. Knowing the cause of your foot pain will guide you to the proper treatment.
Common Causes of Foot Pain
The most common internal derangements of the foot that result in pain include flat feet, bunions, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, Morton’s neuroma, heel spurs, or toe malformations (of course this list is NOT exhaustive). Arthritis, including gout, or osteoarthritis can result in foot pain. Diabetes causes foot pain when the nerves or blood vessels are damaged.
External deformities that can cause foot pain include calluses or corns, plantar warts, heel fissures, ingrown toenails, and overlapping toes.
Whatever the cause of the pain, it can be debilitating because it affects your ability to move comfortably. The types of pain vary as well, it could be muscle pain, muscle spasms, aching, nerve pain, bone pain or referred pain (pain not originating in the foot but from somewhere else. The types of pain can give you a clue as to the cause
Who can help me?
Of course on the internet there are a myriad of places to read about causes and treatments for foot pain. But did you know that there are actually doctors who specialize in the foot exclusively? They are called podiatrists. Podiatrists are highly trained specialists who focus on the foot and ankle in their training. They are doctors of podiatry, which is a branch of medicine, but they are not medical doctors in the average sense as having gone through medical school THEN focusing on the foot. They are educated entirely under the auspices of podiatry.
This group is the best one to turn to when you encounter foot and ankle problems. Your primary care doctor may refer you to a podiatrist early in your presentation to them or after your symptoms persist in spite of their treatment efforts.
Can I prevent foot pain?
Maintaining overall health, a proper weight, and managing any chronic diseases (such as gout or diabetes), will improve your chances of NOT experiencing foot pain that interrupts your life. In my book, Second Chance at Health-Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating I discuss the best options to improve your weight and manage chronic diseases related to obesity.
The foot is made up of many bones (26), joints (33), and muscles, ligaments and tendons (100), so you can see that there are many places things could go awry.
Focus on maintaining foot strength, and flexibility can keep your feet in top shape.
If you have diabetes or arthritis check with your doctor before embarking on any new movement or exercise program.
Foot.com recommends the following to maintain the health of your feet. Click on the link for specific instructions.
- Toe raise, point and curl
- Toe splay
- Toe extension
- Toe curls
- Big toe stretch
- Tennis ball roll
- Achilles stretch
Doing these movements can reduce your risk of injury, improve pain, increase the flexibility and strength of your feet.
If pain persists, then make sure to go see your local podiatrist!
In League City, Texas, where I am from, we have many options. One that I can recommend because my husband used them is South Texas Foot Specialist.
One way to ensure that you attain and maintain your fitness after 40, is to ensure that your foundation is strong and flexible. Don’t forget about your feet!
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