How I dealt with foot pain and what you need to know 74



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One morning some months ago, I got out of bed and felt a stabbing pain in my right heel. Having never experienced anything like this foot pain before, I was keen to research these symptoms that were very uncomfortable.

What are the common symptoms when your feet don’t work?

One of the more common foot injuries treated by foot and ankle physicians is plantar fasciitis a debilitating condition characterised by subcalcaneal pain and is thought to develop due to a number of factors including abnormal foot stress and overuse.

There are several excellent studies that show the benefits of orthotic products. My research showed that cheap foam shoe inserts that can be purchased at chemist outlets are not effective – feet deserve better.

There certainly is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution – when searching remember your feet are your personal foundation. Like many fellow humans I mistakenly took my feet for granted – not wise, as I was soon to find out.

With the exception of business shoes my casual footwear was purchased with very little thought. If they felt comfortable, I bought them.

Statistically there is a significant difference between the groups and types of casual footwear quality regarding arch and heel support.

I am guilty of wearing flip flops (known as ‘thongs’ in Australia) not only can this type of footwear badly affect support on the heel ankle and arch areas but the toes can be dramatically affected because of the ‘clawing’ action your toes use to retain grip this motion can have a devastating affect on your foot tendons which in turn affects muscles in your back – toes are important for balance and ‘take-off’.

There are many painful conditions the human body will endure through its life although sore heels and arches may not be as painful as toothache or a kidney stone might be, the symptoms of those aches and pains affect one particular area but – as I discovered, bad foot posture can be responsible for balance, and even neck and lower back pain – there are more symptoms than this, some amazed me, might be a good time to think about your flip plops.

It was mind boggling to me just how much affect bad foot posture can have on your body to all ages healthy feet are our bodies foundation it is surprising what you learn when you talk to feet professionals.

Originally published here

Do you have foot pain? What have you done to ease symptoms?

Doug Edwards

  1. I know all about foot pain. In Nov. 2000 I was getting on my roof to clean the gutters and the safety clip on the ladder snapped off. Down I went, feet first onto the concrete path below. I’m lucky, it could have been worse. Bad management from the hospital didn’t help my recovery. I have had two TKR’s over the years because of the impact on my body. I live with the pain, very hard to find shoes, but my dog Friend Bella makes me walk every day. 👵🏼

  2. Oh dear I am in big trouble. I have pressure points in my heels and I find that the gel inserts from Coles are wonderful in my shoes. I have also found that rubber thongs are great also. Living in tropical Queensland they suit my lifestyle. I have about 20 pair in all different colours. Works for me.

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    • I also wear thongs in summer, I buy them from the chemist with the inbuilt orthotics, they are great.

    • I can no longer put shoes on so my footwear (for many years now) is “town thongs” and “home” thongs. Or, of course, bare feet

    • Yes the thongs from the chemist are great . Unfortunately can’t wear them to work & find it hard to get a good supporting shoe. Working on a concrete floor doesn’t help either.

    • Margaret Connolly I’ve had “bad” feet for many many years and I’ve found the best thing is custom made orthotics inside good joggers. Was told this years ago, though unfortunately very expensive. This may help you at work, but not a fashion statement, not so bad if you wear long pants. I still sometimes wear sandals in summer to let my feet breathe!

    • My heel pain started 3 weeks ago – did not know what it was at first + so much pain. In the meantime I bought clear gel inserts for my things from Coles+they made a huge difference + had a lower back + neck massage (e/thing was out) so after talking to Masseur she gave me an exercise to do. Palms on wall left leg back + stretch the leg muscle for 30 secs a few times a day + it really works. But I will also look into Orthotic Thongs (Athletes Foot or Slappa Thongs)so thx for the advice. Any little bit of info helps!!

  3. For those who enjoy the comfort of thongs in the summer try these two brands, although expensive as far as thongs go, you can walk for ever in them. Orthaheel and Crocks because both have full arch support, they are the only brands I ware now.

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    • Trish I also have found that Crocks are one of the only shoes that I can wear and get some relief. I think my planter fasciitis developed from nursing and walking long hours on the wards. The floors are concrete based.

    • Will keep going with those exercises, looking at my photos as a child I had a severe pronation, thanks for your advice.

    • Hi Trish, can you tell me where to get crocks please ? Is it Any shoe shops or special!!!!🤔🤔🤔. I thought the beach plastic shoe with big holes in it were call crocks 🤔!!!!. Excuse my ignorance pls Thk u

    • Yes your right, however Crocks make many types of shoes not just the ones your talking about. Jacqueline Laroche I usually buy mine on line, however if you do a search on-line you should be able to get a list of stores in your area. Search for Crocks Australia!

  4. I wear the orthotics which I purchase each time I buy new shoes, I can’t afford the expensive ones, they do help with lower back pain though.

  5. just saying if u dont look after your feet ,and something happens u wont have a leg to stand on

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  6. Help! Have just become a victim of foot/heel pain and it’s no fun especially when walking is your main form of exercise. The Scholl gel heel inserts help a lot. Never gave any of this a thought when I was young and carefree!

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