Do Your Feet Constantly Hurt? 2 Possible Causes And Treatment Options

If your feet constantly hurt, this can be due to many things. The first thing you should do is contact a foot and ankle specialist to determine what is wrong. Below are two possible problems that may be causing your foot pain, as well as some treatment options your doctor will offer you.

Heel Spur

If you feel the pain mostly in your heel, you may have a heel spur. A spur is a bone that grows under your heel. Press your heel to see if you feel a bump. If you do this is likely your problem. If you press on the bump, you will also feel pain, especially if you have had the heel spur for a long time. Over time, this problem will become much worse, so it is important that you seek treatment. 

Heel spurs can be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit well or if you are overweight, as the extra weight puts more pressure on your feet. If the doctor finds that you have a heel spur, they will likely ask you to rest as much as you can. The doctor will also give you some stretching exercises and suggest the type of shoes you should wear. If you continue to feel pain, the doctor may give you a steroid injection, or they may suggest that you have surgery.

Plantar Fasciitis

If you have plantar fasciitis, the fibrous tissue, also called fascia, is inflamed. This tissue starts at your heel and runs the entire length of your foot. In the beginning, you may only have heel pain, but over time, the pain will spread up to your toe area. You will feel the most pain while standing and walking. 

Plantar fasciitis is due to overusing your feet, such as if you walk a lot each day. It is more common with people that are overweight, have high arches, or have flat feet. The pain will become worse if you stand on a hard surface throughout the day. Your doctor will ask you to rest your feet throughout the day. They will also ask you to wear shoes that have support. There are specialists that make a mold of your feet to insert inside your shoes that will offer you the right amount of support. 

The foot specialist that you see can tell you of other reasons why you are feeling foot pain. This may be corns, metatarsalgia, or tendonitis.