Different Types of Foot Pain. Which Do You Have?

Source: WebMD

6. Foot Pain that Covers the Entire Foot

When you have diabetes, you are most likely going to develop neuropathy, which is nerve damage caused by high blood sugar levels. This is most likely what is causing total foot pain. You could also have tendinitis or the inflammation of foot tendons.

To Treat Total Foot Pain

  • Rest your feet
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Prescription medication
  • Surgery

5. Ball of Foot Pain

If pain and inflammation is centered in the ball of your foot, then you may have Metatarsalgia. This could be a result of over-activity or wearing shoes that don’t fit.

To Treat Ball of Foot Pain:

  • Place ice on your feet and rest
  • Wear proper shoes
  • Place inserts into your shoes
  • Over-the-counter medication

4. Toe Pain

There are a variety of forms of toe pain including the following:

  • Gout: Arthritis that causes pain in the toes
  • Bunion: Hurts the side of the foot
  • Hammertoe: Middle toe bends at the middle
  • Claw tow: Unable to straighten toe

How to Treat Toe Pain

  • Treatments will vary depending on your condition but, in general, you can follow these steps:
  • Consider an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Place ice / cold pack on the toes
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Prescription medication from your doctor

3. Heel Pain

Pain felt in the heel may be a sign of plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation in connective tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. It most notably hurts as soon as you get out of bed.

How to Treat Heel Pain:

  • Stretch the area
  • Prop up your feet and rest
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Purchase shoes with good arch support

2. Arch Pain

If you feel pain in the arch, heel, or both, you most likely have Plantar Fasciitis. 

How to Treat Arch Pain:

  • Place ice on your feet and rest
  • Wear proper shoes
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Steroid injection from your doctor

1. Outer Edge Foot Pain

You may have broken the bone at the outer edge of your foot, which is quite common.

To Treat Outer Edge Foot Pain:

  • Place ice on your feet and rest
  • Stay off of the foot
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Schedule doctor’s visit
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