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As a mum, you’re on your feet all day long, and you don’t even notice you’ve been standing since the moment you got up in the wee hours of the morning.

We see many different reasons for foot pain, some are simple to fix and others that need to be managed.

Here we have the 4 most common reasons we see foot pain and what you can do about it:

  1. Plantar fascia pain – this is the most common muscular reason for foot pain. It is felt at the bottom of the foot, usually travelling from the end of the heel to the beginning of the toes, but can vary a bit in which part of the foot gets the most sore. The plantar fascia is a strong connective tissue that lines the bottom of the foot from under the heel to the beginning of the toes. It’s role is to support the normal arch of the foot and the position of the mid part of the foot. If the muscles that support the foot are not strong enough, especially the calf muscles, it puts more load onto the plantar fascia, putting it on constant stretch and causing pain. Reducing this pain is about taking the plantar fascia off constant stretch and improving the strength of the muscles surrounding the foot including the calf and deep muscles of the shin, the tibialis posterior muscle.
  2. Shin splints – this is similar to plantar fascia pain, except the muscles breaking down are above the ankle instead of under the foot. It can cause pain into the back of the calf or into the inside of the foot. The main aim of treatment is to make the muscles stronger so they can cope with load. This often takes time and a modification of activities in the short term until strength improves, but this pain does get better with treatment.
  3. Swelling of the ankles causing pressure on foot – swelling of the feet can cause more pressure on all the small joints of the foot and the plantar fascia. Generalised swelling of the feet and ankles can indicate issues of circulation or heart disease. If you find you have general swelling of the feet and ankles see your doctor for an opinion and appropriate management.
  4. Bunions – pain and swelling on the inside of the big toe, is usually due to poor biomechanics of the foot over a long period of time and wearing shoes that are tight over the toes. This can be modified to a degree with treatment. You can improve the biomechanics of the feet by improving the strength muscles supporting the foot, such as the calf muscles to reduce pressure on the big toe. The big toe can also be mobilised to improve the movement of the toe to reduce swelling.  If there is enough damage to the joint, it may require surgery to correct the bunion, but this can be assessed by your doctor.

Have you ever experienced foot pain? What have you done to treat the pain? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Interesting article – never knew what foot pain was until beginning of this year. Did some exercises to help with a hip problem and ended up with plantar fascia pain – still there to this day and can’t be helped. So annoying.

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  • People with low or no arch also suffer foot pain, which can lead to ankle, knee and hip pain. It worthwhile to wear good supportive shoes. If I hadn’t of had my feet checked by a podiatrist, I probably would have continued to have joint pain that would have led to hip surgery by my mid 20s.

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  • When I was waitressing and on my feet all day I had terrible foot pains but a change of job and better shoes solved all my pains.

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  • A massage from hubby every night helps me!

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  • I have suffered foot pain on two occasions – once when I was walking a lot and I think I over exerted the muscles, so after resting for a day or so I was okay. The second time I felt sharp pain in my heel every time I walked and I solved this problem by wearing shoes with better support.

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  • This explains a lot. I guess it means i can have more massages.

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  • Correctly fitted shoes from a child’s first pair of shoes is very important. You do your child no favours by buying shoes that don’t fit correctly. All children wear the soles, sides of their shoes slightly differently. (wear & tear). That is why experts say you should put children in hand me down shoes. Foot problems caused as a child may manifest themselves very painfully a few years later.

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  • Feet – any tips on relieving sore feet are welcome!

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  • No thank goodness. My mum suffered from heel spurs

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  • I think I may have a bunion. The big toe joint is quite sore at times. I’ve had plantar fasciitis too. I had my foot strapped for a couple of weeks for that as well as rolling a small rubber ball under my foot. I have pretty good calf muscles so I don’t understand why I’ve got either

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  • I tore my right plantar fascia about 10 years ago and still have some pain there. I find that lots of stretching helps, including lower back, hamstrings and calf muscle stretches.

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  • I feel pain in the plantar fascia if I do jogging with the WiiFit without shoes on. That’s so weird. That’s the only time I have pain. For the rest I walk a lot outside and I don’t have pain. But in those moments… not nice at all.

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  • Bunions are my number one cause of pain. I have just been referred to have surgery in them.

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  • Interesting article,l find if you wear comfortable shoes you can stay on your feet all day!

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  • Thank you for this overview.

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