What groups of people are most prone to foot problems?
Typically people who spend a lot of time on their feet standing,
walking or taking part in sporting activity will be most prone
to foot pain which is what you would expect.
Certain groups of people such as Hairdressers, Doctors and
Nurses will also be more prone. The more pressure placed on
them over extended periods will exacerbate problems. The problems
are also seriously increased by wearing incorrect or poorly
fitting footwear. And unfortunately foot problems do typically
increase as we get older.
What common problems can walking or standing for long periods
of time cause?
A. The list is quite long unfortunately. It includes: Arch
pain, Tendonitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Heel spurs, Plantar
fasciitis, Morton's Neuroma and more.
Achilles tendonitis causes inflammation and degeneration of
the achilles tendon. The achilles tendon is the large tendon
located in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel.
The pain caused by achilles tendonitis can develop gradually
without a history of trauma. The pain can be a shooting pain,
burning pain, or even an extremely piercing pain. Achilles
tendonitis should not be left untreated due to the danger
that the tendon can become weak and ruptured.
Achilles Tendonitis is aggravated by activities that repeatedly
stress the tendon, causing inflammation. In some cases even
prolonged periods of standing can cause symptoms. It is a
common problem often experienced by athletes, particularly
distance runners. Achilles Tendonitis is a difficult injury
to treat in athletes due to their high level of activity and
reluctance to stop or slow down their training.
Individuals who suffer from achilles tendonitis often complain
that their first steps out of bed in the morning are extremely
painful. Another common complaint is pain after steps are
taken after long periods of sitting. This pain often lessens
The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot and absorbs
the most amount of shock and pressure. A heel spur develops
as an abnormal growth of the heel bone. Calcium deposits form
when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel area, causing
a bony protrusion, or heel spur to develop. The plantar fascia
is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom
surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot.
Heel spurs can cause extreme pain in the rearfoot, especially
while standing or walking.
Heel spurs develop as an abnormal growth in the heel bone
due to calcium deposits that form when the plantar fascia
pulls away from the heel. This stretching of the plantar fascia
is usually the result of (flat feet), but people with unusually
high arches can also develop heel spurs. Women have a significantly
higher incidence of heel spurs due to the types of footwear
often worn on a regular basis.
Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, a broad band of
fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom of the surface
of the foot from heel bone to forefoot. Plantar Fasciitis
often leads to heel pain, heel spurs, and/or arch pain. The
excessive stretching of the plantar fascia that leads to the
inflammation and discomfort can be caused by the following:
feet) which results in the arch collapsing upon weight
foot with an unusually high arch.
sudden increase in physical activity
weight on the foot, usually attributed to obesity or pregnancy.
Neuroma is a common foot problem associated with pain, swelling
and/or an inflammation of a nerve, usually at the ball-of-the-foot
between the 3rd and 4th toes. Symptoms of this condition include
sharp pain, burning, and even a lack of feeling in the affected
area. Morton's Neuroma may also cause numbness, tingling,
or cramping in the forefoot.
What steps can people take to ease these problems or avoid
them in the first place?
Firstly by wearing good fitting and comfortable footwear that
offers good support to the foot. Secondly by using orthotic
devices or inserting our new Gel Doctor liquid gel insoles.
The liquid gel insoles are extremely comfortable to wear and
the liquid gel moves around literally massaging the foot and
by doing so stimulates blood and oxygen flow. Blood and oxygen
flow are the body's natural healing mechanism. The flow delivers
nutrients around the body so its essential to keep circulation
at best possible levels.
How else can people keep their feet in tip-top condition?
Apart from wearing the correct, well fitting footwear and
ensuring that your circulation is kept at optimum levels keep
your feet clean, and well moisturised.
Where can people find out more?
serious problems we always recommend that you go and see a
Podiatrist or Chiropodist.