Any kind of foot pain at any age is not normal.
The type of injury doesn’t matter either. Even seemingly insignificant injuries such as blisters or minor aches shouldn’t be ignored.
Even though we’re the only being who normally walks on two feet, foot pain is not something to simply accept.
If you experience foot pain or discomfort at any age, you’re wise to immediately address the issue.
Ignored injuries can turn into major problems if you don’t take care of them. And at the least, they’re painful and disruptive.
Take a look at a few of the causes of foot pain, and what you can do about them:
1. Blisters and Calluses
Both happen in fairly similar ways. For whatever reason (and frequently because footwear that fits poorly), you have lots of pressure on a certain area of your body.
Blisters, of course, cause much more pain.
If you have blisters or calluses on your feet, that usually means you have footwear that doesn’t quite fit as it should.
Consider changing your footwear.
You may also need custom orthotic inserts to keep your feet in a comfortable position.
2. Chronic Foot Pain
There’s actually too many causes of foot pain to list here.
But a few include bone spurs, bunions, gout, and stress fractures.
If you have a chronic issue, and you’re an athlete of some sort, don’t fall into the trap of thinking “no pain, no gain.”
Chronic foot pain is not a part of athletics to let go.
You must address the root issue so that chronic pain goes away. Otherwise, it only gets worse, until it becomes completely disabling and you can’t ignore it anymore.
3. Ankle Sprains
While these do routinely happen, you’re wise to always have a podiatrist look the sprain over.
The rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) formula always helps.
But, you may actually have a more severe sprain that requires surgery or temporary immobilization to fully heal.
4. Children Experience Chronic it Too
Even youngsters can experience fairly severe foot pain.
And understand that kids may not want to or know how to communicate the problem.
For example, when children go through growth spurts, they can be at risk for Sever’s disease.
This involves swelling and irritation of the growth plate in their heel. If your child has Sever’s disease, their heel is also at additional risk of injury.
Regardless of the cause, foot pain is not normal at any age. And it can be indicative of a much more serious issue.
If you, or someone you love, experiences minor or major pain with each step, take action to see what you can do about it.
You’ll be glad you did.
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