Tired aching dogs can make you miserable and keep you from doing the things you love. Yet many people live with foot pain, accepting it as a normal part of aging. However most foot pain emanates from a specific cause that can often be identified and corrected.
Many daily activities contribute to foot pain, including standing for long hours on concrete, wearing fashion footwear, exercising in worn or inappropriate athletic shoes, wearing the wrong shoe size, and many more. Foot pain can also be caused by certain categories of disease, and by deficient movement mechanics during walking or running.
Whether your foot pain originates from without or within, ignoring it can lead to serious problems that can become debilitating over time.
Together, your foot and ankle form a complex system made up of 28 bones, 33 joints, and 112 ligaments, all controlled by 13 extrinsic and 21 intrinsic muscles. Their complexity allows for a range of important functions, including:
The foot can be divided into three segments: rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot. The foot’s unique structure allows for rigidity when standing, and flexibility when moving over uneven terrain.
The gait cycle sums up the series of movements that take place during human walking or running. A complete gait cycle begins when one foot makes contact with the ground and ends when that same foot makes contact with the ground again.
Since your foot bears your body weight and absorbs impact during the stance phase, it is most important when assessing gait mechanics relating to foot pain.
One way to tell if your foot pain is caused from inefficient movement mechanics is to have a computerized gait analysis. Faulty gait mechanics can lead to a plethora of injuries, not only to the foot, but to the ankle, knee, hip, pelvis and spine.
Poor gait mechanics can and should be corrected to reduce your risk of injury and improve walking and running performance.
With the complexity of structures that make up your foot, it should not come as a surprise that there are numerous types of foot injuries that can occur. Among the most common are:
In addition to injuries, diseases like peripheral neuropathy associated with diabetes, and arthritis associated with age and chronic inflammation, can also cause foot pain. Feet with high arches and flat feet often experience pain.
Poor mechanics, inappropriate footwear, repetitive stress and compensatory movement patterns are often at the root of foot pain and injury. All of these catalysts can be identified and corrected. A thorough analysis by a trained foot pain specialist is the first step in getting to the source of your foot pain.
Failure to seek treatment for your foot pain may lead to further injury and eventual disability. A dysfunctional foot can also affect your balance, making you prone to injuries from falls.
At NYDNRehab, our foot pain specialists conduct a thorough analysis to identify and treat the source of your foot pain. We especially focus on movement mechanics, correcting deficient running and walking gait patterns so the foot and ankle move in more mechanically efficient ways.
The foot pain specialists at NYDNRehab go beyond just treating your pain by correcting the underlying deficiencies that often lead to injury. Do not ignore your ongoing foot pain. Contact NYDNRehab today for complete analysis, diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment.