Like an automobile’s tires and the highway, your feet are the main point of contact between you and the ground. A car with flat tires isn’t going anyway. If you don’t take care of your feet, you will severely limit both your potential productivity and more importantly, your quality of life.
There are two major causes of foot pain in most people. Though these causes can give birth to a variety or foot problems, the root of those problems is usually one or both of these two simple mistakes people often make. Avoid making these mistakes and you will have happier healthier feet, and a better more productive life.
Your Shoes Should Fit
You can’t put undersized tires on your car’s wheels. Don’t try cramming your feet into shoes that don’t fit properly. Women are notorious for wearing shoes (i.e. high heels) that are terrible for their feet. It’s extremely important to make sure your shoes are comfortable and that they properly support your feet.
Your feet are complex. With the foot itself, five toes, a surprisingly large amount of bones (metatarsals), and many overlapping muscles, tendons, and ligaments, there’s a lot working together. By disrupting this Swiss watch by jamming into pointy poorly fitting shoes, you damage your foot. You will eventually feel the damage that has been caused over time in the form of pain.
Stress is Best in Small Doses
You can’t run your car 24 hours a day. All of the systems would eventually start to break down. The same goes for your body. Your feet take a lot of stress. They aren’t actually that big in relation to the whole of your body, but the divide 100% of your body mass between only two feet when you are standing, walking, and running. That’s a lot of stress forced onto two small areas.
Athlete’s often overuse and over-stress their feet. But anyone can do this. Simply standing 12+ hours a day without taking breaks can stress your feet, and the bones inside of them, too much. Just like wearing shoes that don’t fit, overusing your feet will damage them. You will feel that in the form of pain.
Prevention is Best, but Treatment is Next
If you cannot avoid causing damage to your feet, or you have already done so, your only option is treatment. Damage to your feet will often show as various foot injuries like plantar fasciitis or general soreness. You can help alleviate the pain form these injuries during the day by using metatarsal pads or other types of foot padding designed for the specific area of your foot that is in pain. If you suffer from this, or from other types of foot pain usually classified as metatarsalgia, rest will help too.
Check out this website for more info about both preventing and treating sore feet.