Most people think that aching feet to some degree is normal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Foot pain of any kind should be investigated especially if it persists for long periods.
The fact is that when your feet hurt, you hurt all over... it really does start to effect every other part of your body.
Your feet perform an enormous amount of work in their lifetime. They say the average pair of feet walk almost 100,000 miles (160,000km) in their life time, so they really do undergo quite alot of strain and hard work.
Foot problems which cause aching feet can also cause problems in your knees, your hips, your back - even your neck.
The foot is a very complex part of your body. Your foot has 26 separate bones held in position by many ligaments, tendons and muscles. These structures form arches that support the weight of your entire body. More information on the anatomy of the foot can be found on our Foot Anatomy page.
As you raise your foot to take a step, joints of the foot lock into position. This allows you to propel forward during normal walking and running.
When your foot strikes the ground, the joints of the foot unlock in order to absorb shock. The foot along with your knee acts as an efficient shock absorber at this time to protect the rest of the body against excessive shock.
The average person takes up to 10,000 steps each day. Your feet support your entire body weight. Any misalignment of muscles and bones can cause many different problems including aching sore feet.
Your feet function in a similar way to the front end of your car:
When your car is out of alignment:
This misaligned foot does the same thing:
Pressure develops on joints and strain occurs on muscles and tendons. Eventually bones move against bones, ligaments become over stretched, muscles are overused and experience overuse injuries. Soon the entire body and posture can be affected.
The symptoms of faulty foot function may include:
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT ACHING FEET?
Your Podiatrist can offer a number of solutions to your foot problem/s. These solutions may include specific exercises, manipulation, shoe modifications, shoe inserts, orthotic appliances or any combination of these just to name a few.
The important thing is to find out the cause of your foot pain and then provide a specific solution for you.
WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.
For more information on aching feet and many other foot pain, leg pain and back pain conditions please visit: Aching Feet and Foot Pain conditions page and click on the condition of interest to you.
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Visit our Foot Problems page and ask us a question about your specific problem. We'll do our best to help.
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