What Type of Foot Pain Do You Have? - Rebuilding Wellness

What Type of Foot Pain Do You Have? - Rebuilding Wellness

Got foot pain? It sure is common for those with fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, arthritis, autoimmune challenges, and chronic illness in general. Some have pain in the heel, arch, ball, or toes. What type do you have?

The chronic illness community talks about pain a lot. It’s a common denominator symptom that unites us in our daily experiences. It would seem that talking about foot pain would unite us further.

However, it does … and it doesn’t.

Once you start digging in, you realize that there are more types of foot pain than you think. And, just as there are different areas of the foot that hurt, there are different causes and contributors to the pain.

We may experience pain in the toes, the ball of the foot, the arch, and the heel. And there are even more specific areas that can hurt related to each of those.

This post will highlight just one main type of pain while taking a quick look at several others. Hopefully, you’ll walk away (in less pain!) with more info, tactical action to take, and a renewed sense of empowerment over your own health.

It’s quite surprising to see how many different types of foot pain there are.   

Most people equate heel pain with plantar fasciitis. But plantar fasciitis can affect both the heel area and/or the ball of the foot and toe area. For me, it’s a pain that happens during the night in the ball of my foot and in the toes. During the day (when I’m on my feet too long), I can feel a burning sensation and I know that I’m in for a night of no sleep and significant pain.

Plantar fasciitis definition: A thick band of tissue (the fascia) runs the length of the foot from the toes to the heel. In certain circumstances, this fascia becomes inflamed (and super painful). Diagnosis usually comes from a professional who has ruled out any direct injury or a stress fracture.

Thousands of websites and videos feature “the cure” as well as various devices and tools touted as the solution from endless pain.

Not really. I’ve heard of temporary relief from ice packs, foot-stretching paraphernalia, and foot devices including orthotics/supportive shoes.

Because we’re each different, I’m sure that there are various exercises and stretches that have shown improvement for some.

For me, I’ve personally seen a reduction of my foot pain when I see my chiropractor regularly and have cold laser therapy treatments. And, of course, diet plays a significant role. Years ago before I changed what I ate, I could see that processed foods, sugary staples (bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, etc.), and a lack of whole foods such as vegetables and healthy fats contributed to the inflammation. And, of course, stress also plays a role. De-stressing with relaxation methods can help. 

Also, I believe that stretches – done the right way – can be very beneficial. They can get to the root of the concern rather than just a temporary “fix” such as rolling your foot over ice, etc.

I decided to write this article because of the research I’ve done (so far) and the feedback I’ve had from my clients. I tripped over a magazine article featuring a couple of stretches to try and it shared that there’s a muscle/facia structural problem that’s to blame. One key point that hit home for me was that these exercises must be done several times per day – and done consistently.

I hadn’t done that previously and it was worth a try.

After practicing these simple exercises, I did more research to see if I could amplify my already promising results. I found the following video and feel very optimistic. I like the explanation of the shortened calf muscle problem. That makes sense to me. I spent decades wearing very high heels and I feel that has contributed to the challenges that plague me now. 

I also like the notion of

addressing the problem at the root

rather than using temporary fixes.

Here’s the Foot Pain Exercise Video. I’ve been practicing this consistently for a short time and have already seen improvement.

Do you have foot pain remedies of your own to share?

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