Knee pain comes in as many types of conditions as the foot pain that we have thus far discussed. The causes of knee pain are also vastly different. Arthritis is one of those causes, but there are several others, such as bursitis, gout, or ligament injuries. In some cases, knee pain can be the result of improperly aligned feet. When this is the case, inadequate arch support provided by footwear can be a contributor. High-heeled footwear can also lead to knee pain because this type of footwear does not provide adequate balance of your body weight, thus contributing to an improper posture. Stress Fracture. A stress fracture in the foot, also called fatigue or march fracture, usually occurs from a break or rupture in any of the five metatarsal bones (mostly in the second or third). Fracture in the first metatarsal bone that leads to the big toe is uncommon because of the thickness of this bone. If it occurs there, it is more serious than fractures in the other metatarsal bones, because it dramatically changes the pattern of normal walking and weight bearing. (Stress fractures can also occur in the heel area.) They are caused by overuse during strenuous exercise, particularly jogging and high-impact aerobics. Most (young) women like to look stylish and wear a shoe with a medium to high heel. The problem with high heels is that your bodyweight is not evenly distributed across the underside of the foot, but rather 80% of your weight pushes down on only one area of the foot, the forefoot area. i.e. the balls of your feet. This is totally unnatural and before long the entire forefoot structure collapses, leading to constant pressure and friction in the ball of the foot. The body reacts and builds up thick layers of callous in this area which in turn leads to a burning sensation under the foot. Diabetes related pain in the feet means that there is some nerve damage happening to cause these pains. It is an extremely serious warning that veins in the foot are closing up - the circulation of blood in foot is being closed off. If you suffer with diabetes and feel any Forefoot Pain tingling sensations at all in your feet, report it immediately. Did you know that 15% of all people with diabetes will suffer foot ulcers - the foot is being poisoned to the extent it can tear a hole open in the foot. 3% of these sufferers will lose their legs - FACT! The symptoms of heel spurs are nearly identical to those for plantar fasciitis (above). There is pain in the front of the heel and possibly in the arch. The pain probably seems particularly acute when taking your first steps of the day or walking after a long period of sitting down. When you have a heel spur, unlike with plantar fasciitis, you will feel pain when you press the front of the heel, at the intersection of the heel and the arch, pressing up and backward toward the heel. This is where the heel spur has formed - it's a pointy extension of the heel bone. Arthritis is one of the biggest problems faced by millions of people everyday. Severe pain and swelling of the foot are some of the symptoms associated with arthritis. This condition can be so severe at times that the person must be confined to bed. If you suffer from this condition you can apply the following treatments to get some relief for your foot pain. Avoid placing any weight on the suffering foot by providing it with support such as crutches or a cane. There are many non-prescription medications that can be used to provide temporary foot pain relief. These include Advil, Aleve and Tylenol. One of the best home remedies for foot pain is to opt for a massage. A good foot rub, whether you do it yourself or go to a professional reflexologist will help in easing the pain. Massaging the feet with gentle pressure, helps to ease the pain and relaxes sore muscles. One of the best herbal remedies for foot pain is to use a foot rub that contains essential oils. You can also make your own foot rub by mixing two drops of rosemary essential oil and two drops of chamomile oil with two tablespoons of olive oil.
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