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5 Ways to Treat Chronic Foot Pain

5 Ways to Treat Chronic Foot Pain
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By    |   Monday, 20 May 2019 09:53 AM

Chronic pain, especially in your feet, may not be serious enough to leave you rolling around on the floor in agony, but it can interfere with your quality of life.

"Foot and ankle problems are not life-threatening, but they're lifestyle-threatening,” noted podiatrist Rock Positano, director of the nonsurgical foot and ankle service at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery, according to AARP.

A recent survey showed that nearly eight out of 10 Americans have experienced foot pain and many of those who experience chronic foot pain are more likely to have pain in other parts of their body, The National Pain Report noted.

"It’s not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and well-being," said APMA President Frank Spinosa, DPM. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."

Foot ailments are widespread but a survey of 1,021 adults by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that people with chronic foot pain are likely to have other health problems such as back pain, eyesight issues, joint pain and arthritis, knee pain and even weight issues.

It is always good to seek expert advice on how to deal with chronic foot pain however, there are certain things you can do on your own to address the issue, according to AARP.

  1. Choose the correct shoe: The vast majority of Americans are wearing shoes that do not fit them properly. This may in part be due to the fact that, as we age, our arches drop and our feet grow longer and wider. Shoes that are too narrow are not just uncomfortable, they can cause corns, bunions and even deformities.
  2. Get moving: Sitting for long periods of time can deactivate and weaken the glute muscle, which can impair proper foot function. For healthy feet, strengthen up your glutes, hips and abs with plank exercises and hip extensions.
  3. Reduce inflammation naturally: Foot pain can be influenced by inflammation but you can combat this with a healthy diet that includes essential fatty acids found in nuts, seeds, legumes, fish and olive oil.
  4. Ditch the shoes: Nature did not intend for us to wear shoes all the time. At the bottom of our feet are a network of nerves that serve as receptors that relay vital information to our brain. Stuffing them in shoes prevents vital sensory stimulation needed for natural movement. To restore that natural balance try walking around barefoot or taking up a yoga class that encourages barefoot exercises.
  5. Grab a ball: Take five minutes each day to roll your foot over a golf ball to improve mobility and stability and release tendon and fascial connections. Your feet will thank you.

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