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Foot Pain: Three Ways to Treat it Today Without Surgery

by footminders on Oct 30, 2009

Permanent foot pain is in some cases an indication need for a surgical procedure. Despite the fact that this may become necessary in some cases, there are techniques that can be used to preclude the need for surgery if performed promptly after the onset of symptoms. Early intervention is crucial when it comes to treating painful problems of the feet and lower legs such as plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and shin splints. Though some of these methods may seem simplistic, they are quite effective when dealing with the early stages of painful issues that occur in the feet, ankles and shins.

Massage Can Help Treat Painful Feet

A very effective treatment is massage therapy. When tight shoes are worn, feet can suffer from skin and bone problems like calluses and blisters. Help your feet by ditching narrow, tight shoes if they hurt on day one.  If you’re unable to do so, giving the feet a soothing massage will get the blood flowing and will help them heal. Aches and pains may be caused by compressed nerves, insufficient blood supply, and swelling.  Massaging the affected area with easy circular motions is the best way to relieve painful feet. Soaking in lukewarm Epsom salts is also a great way to relieve tight muscles and swelling. Using a foot cream that contains cooling action is a great means to provide the foot with a cooling boost.

The Mechanics of Pronation

Pronation is the tendency of the foot to roll either outward or inward during the movement phase. When the degree of inward or outward roll is severe, it can cause arch support issues, and also shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Acupuncture is a viable means of treating foot and lower leg problems. The idea behind the needle and the specific areas they stimulate is to focus the flow of electricity and blood to these zones. As a result, the body is able to heal, and the pain is relieved. A medical study conducted in 1996 demonstrated that blood flow was returned to areas that were treated with electrical stimulation from acupuncture.

Flat Feet Can Cause Big Problems for Feet

Using orthotics is a good way to give feet the pre-emptive strike towards healing, and also for treating lesser foot aches due to deficient foot arch support. When the foot arch fails to support itself during walking and running, the arch becomes flat and can no longer provide proper impact support for the lower body. The full power of the impact can cause heel spurs, shin pain, and fascia swelling, just to name a few. By using orthotic arch supports, the arch is properly supported, and the entire lower body begins to function properly with respect to impact being absorbed. This ordinary addition to your footwear can make all the difference in how well you perform during activities as well as eliminate foot pain.

For people who are afflicted with major foot problems, the mere act of walking can be practically unbearable. Nonetheless, with proper preventive care and effective treatment performed in advance, the feet can be healed before the situation worsens and re-injury occurs.

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