posted on 15 Feb 2014 21:59 by mollywest
A bunion is a painful swelling that usually occurs at the head of one of the long bones (metatarsal bones) of the big or little toe, which extend from the arch of the foot and connect to the toes. A bunion begins to form when the big or little toe is forced in toward the rest of the toes. This causes the head of the metatarsal bone to jut out and rub against the side of your shoe. The underlying tissue becomes inflamed, and a painful swelling forms. Bone growth may occur at the site of irritation. The toe grows towards the rest of your toes at an increasing angle. If shoes do require breaking-in, moleskin pads should be placed next to areas on the skin where friction will occur. Shoes purchased for exercise should be specifically designed for a person's preferred sport. The heel area should be strong and supportive (but not too stiff) and the front of the shoe flexible. As soon as the heels show noticeable wear, the shoes or heels should be replaced. If a person insists on wearing high-heeled shoes, the heel should be wedge-shaped. (Even in these cases, the heel height should not be extreme.) People should avoid extreme variation between exercise footwear, street, and dress shoes. Shoes should be changed during the day. Bone diseases are often diagnosed by doctors when a person experiences intermittent foot pain. It can also happen from bone injuries, improper blood circulation and lack of exercise. It also occurs while wearing misfit shoes for a long duration. Formation of heel spurs and gout cause terrible pain in foot. A painful condition also arises due to formation of clots in the blood. People experiencing pain due to such reasons must seek medical assistance. A sharp and thumping pain in the foot is experienced after waking up in the morning. People suffering from plantar fasciitis or tarsal tunnel syndrome suffer from foot pain in the morning. Blisters often cause Hammer Toes They form in areas where there has been excessive amounts of pressure and friction. They may be accompanied with redness, swelling, and recurrent pains that keep you from walking normally. Bony growths and prominences may make blisters more likely, and when there is friction and rubbing, the body may even lay down more bone, making the prominence more prominent. This in turn leads to even greater side of foot pain , and is usually a runaway problem '" it just gets worse and worse until it is treated. This is among the most common of foot injuries and is signaled by pain on the front of the heel or all along the arch. You probably have a lot of pain when you first get out of bed - it's probably murder just to walk out of your bedroom. Ditto on standing up after a long time of being seated. The pain may range anywhere from a vague pull along the arch to the impression that your arch is ripping in half (don't worry, it's not actually doing that). If you feel pain, it's plantar fasciitis. Sport activities contribute significantly to side of foot pain with athletics and gymnastics being top of the list. There are two distinctive fractures than can cause intense side of foot pain and these are March fractures and Stress fractures. March fractures result from undertaking vigorous physical activity without the correct warm up procedures or when a person undertakes extreme exercise outside of their normal everyday activities. Stress fractures normally result from repetitive and excessive strain over a given period of time. From the onset of any side of foot pain , first treatment is to simply remember RICE. This stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. One of the best home remedies for foot pain is to opt for a massage. A good foot rub, whether you do it yourself or go to a professional reflexologist will help in easing the pain. Massaging the feet with gentle pressure, helps to ease the pain and relaxes sore muscles. One of the best herbal remedies for foot pain is to use a foot rub that contains essential oils. You can also make your own foot rub by mixing two drops of rosemary essential oil and two drops of chamomile oil with two tablespoons of olive oil.