Foot Pain: My shoes are killing me(!)


About 75 percent of people in the United States have foot pain at some time in their lives. Most foot pain is caused by shoes that don’t fit properly, heels that are too high or not enough arch support.

The elderly and overweight, especially women, are at very high risk for foot problems.

Shoe shopping tips:

  • Buy shoes late in the day when most feet swell.
  • Measure your feet once a year as our feet get larger as we get older. If you stand while your feet are being measured, this will give your feet a chance to spread out normally.
  • Leave about a half-inch room in the front and an eighth-of-an-inch in the back.
  • Walk around the store on different floor surfaces if possible when trying on new shoes.
  • If you have bunions or hammer toes, buy shoes with wider toe boxes.

Your foot is very complex.

Each foot has 26 bones connected by numerous joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Functions include:

  • Supporting weight
  • Acting as a shock absorber
  • Moving the leg forward
  • Maintaining balance

Common foot conditions:

  • Bunions protrude from the base of the big toe and can become inflamed. Bunions often develop over time from wearing narrow-toed shoes.
  • Hammer toes curl downward into a claw-like position.
  • Calluses and corns form when skin thickens from friction or pressure. Calluses develop on the balls of the feet or heels. Corns appear on your toes.
  • Plantar warts grow on the soles of your feet from pressure.
  • Fallen arches are also called flat feet.

Morton’s neuroma symptoms include tingling and sharp, shooting, or burning pains in the ball of your foot and sometimes toes, especially when wearing shoes or pressing on the area. Pain gradually gets worse over time and affects women more than men.

Other causes of foot pain include:

  • Broken bones
  • Stress fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone spur
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis of the heel
  • Tendinitis

Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Le Peep restaurant. Just look for the orange sign.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.

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