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    Causes of Foot Pain

    Published on July 27th, 2016

    Though most may think that all foot pain comes from overuse and mainly affects athletes, this is a common misconception. Clearly, overuse and being an athlete are factors in foot pain, but there are other factors that affect whether or not you will be diagnosed with a foot condition. Your feet are extremely intricate, comprised of nearly 25% of all your bones and hundreds of tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It is no wonder that foot pain plagues millions of Americans every year!

    Trauma and Injury

    Along with overuse, trauma and injury will cause foot pain. Trauma can range from excessive force being placed on the ball of your feet to having something heavy fall on your foot or ankle. Trauma is likely to lead to a sprain or break, but can also lead to other conditions. If you see bruising and swelling in a specific area, it is important to ice it and go see a doctor, particularly if this happens right after a trauma.

    It probably goes without saying that an injury can cause foot pain. However, without proper treatment, it can become even worse. For example, if you have an ankle sprain from an injury, but do not take care of it, the sprain will continue to become worse and worse until you may even need surgery. When you are experiencing foot pain, it is important to find out why and how to treat it from a podiatrist.

    Disease and Genetics

    If you already have certain diseases, such as diabetes, your likelihood of foot pain increases. Risks of specific conditions include foot pain, foot ulcers, plantar fasciitis, and more. It is crucial that you understand any conditions that you suffer from and take proactive measures against foot pain. In addition, know your genetics! Many people suffer from similar foot conditions as their parents, depending on the disease. For example, women whose mothers experienced leg veins while pregnant, will likely go through the same if they are pregnant. Talk to your podiatrist about the problems that your parents and grandparents had and find out if you are at a greater risk because of this.

    Foot pain is not something to ignore. Schedule an appointment with Alpine Foot Specialists today!

    Courtesy of: Foot Health Network

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