Is foot pain normal?

Foot pain is not normal and if you start to experience any discomfort in your feet, you should get this checked out. We spend the most of our day on our feet and many people ignore foot pain as they believe it is normal when in fact, it is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong.

At some point in their life, around 50% of the population will experience pain in their feet. We have 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments in each foot and therefore have a good chance of injury at least once in our lives. Foot injuries can happen in a number of different ways such as, falling, dropping something on them, twisting the foot, sports injuries and in some cases, by doing absolutely nothing! Also, having an abnormal structure of the foot can lead to foot pain caused by tissue damage and stress. Foot pain can be made worse by improper footwear.

Most types of foot pain and/or injury can be treated and in turn, cured. If the pain is due to abnormal foot structure, it is important to correct the problem to ensure the pain is relived and does not reoccur. This does not always include reconstructive surgery. Being provided with an orthotic device usually leads to long lasting pain relief in most cases. As well as the foot structure, the physical injury should be treated. The treatment for foot injury usually involves the support of the injured part of the foot, resolving the inflammation of the injury with elevation, medicine and icing, and resting the foot. Visiting a podiatrist can speed up the recovery time as they can provide you with a treatment plan as they are experts in all aspects of the foot and can offer the best treatment and advice.