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Some common causes of foot pain are fractures, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, heel spurs, gout and neuropathy. Your first step is to get your problem accurately diagnosed so it may be cared for properly, and then you may try some common natural solutions for different foot pain.
You have 31 tendons in a foot, and if one of them becomes inflamed it can cause a lot of pain. Like anywhere in the body, inflammation is designed to repair damaged structures, but inappropriate or unbridled inflammation can cause more harm than good. If you have tendonitis in your feet, you want to rest them as much as possible, and get a new pair of supportive shoes. Avoid foods that can cause inflammation, such as saturated and trans fats and increase healthy fats such as Omega 3 fish oils . Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory as well.
Plantar fasciitis and Heel Spurs:
Feeling like there is a pebble in your shoe between your third and fourth toes is from a thickening of tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This is called Morton’s neuroma and can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. This condition is often treated with surgery, but manual or physical therapy may eliminate the need for it. Steroid injections are also helpful to manage pain in the conventional setting, and we can therefore extrapolate that anti-inflammatory supplements may help to manage pain from Morton’s neuroma as well.
Many diabetics experience foot pain from neuropathy. Managing blood sugar through diet may decrease neuropathic pain: avoid simple sugars, eat low glycemic, plant based, and unprocessed foods. B12 injections may also help with neuropathic pain.
Remember, it is important to have your foot pain diagnosed correctly so you may make the best treatment choices. In general, wearing supportive, well-fitting footwear and decreasing inflammation are effective first steps to decrease foot pain.
Sneakers and flats aren’t as sexy as stilettos, but they are much healthier in the long run because high heels put unnatural pressures on the foot in places it was not designed to withstand them. PRP and stem cell therapies are also incredibly effective to help tissues heal in the foot, and elsewhere.