As human beings, our primary mode of transportation is walking. Depending on where you live, work, and play, some of us may walk more than others, but it’s something we all learn to do at a young age. It’s no surprise then, that walking is recommended by health professionals across the board as a safe, low-risk, easy, and even enjoyable form of exercise, no matter who you are or where you live. However, if you experience foot pain each time you take a step, walking isn’t so enjoyable anymore and can lead to other issues. Learn more in the article excerpt below.
Posted by: Prevention
Your 10 Biggest Walking Pains, Solved
We all know that walking is the safest, easiest form of exercise, so why should you bother reading up on the risks?
Because left ignored, an innocent foot pain or leg pain can become a chronic problem. Each year, nearly 250,000 walkers are hobbled as a result of a walking-induced pain or a nagging old exercise injury that walking has aggravated. As bothersome as the initial problem can be, the real damage is what happens next. You stop exercising, misplace your motivation, and soon gain weight and lose muscle tone. To make sure a debilitating walking injury doesn't prevent you from reaching your fitness and weight loss goals, we asked leading experts for advice on how to avoid aches and treat the 10 most common walking pains.
- Plantar fasciitis
Feels like: Tenderness on your heel or bottom of foot
What it is: The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to the ball of your foot. When this dual-purpose shock absorber and arch support is strained, small tears develop and the tissue stiffens as a protective response, causing foot pain.
"Walkers can overwork the area when pounding the pavement, especially when you wear hard shoes on concrete, because there's very little give as the foot lands," says Teresa Schuemann, a physical therapist in Fort Collins, CO, and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association.
It can’t be emphasized enough that you shouldn’t ignore your foot pain, especially if you experience it during normal day-to-day activities like walking. Pain in your feet could signal a number of problems like those mentioned in the article above.
One issue that isn’t mentioned is misaligned feet, which the NYC podiatrists at Adler Footcare can tell you is the root problem of many painful issues in your feet and throughout your body. Foot misalignment is caused by the ankle bone slipping off the heel bone, leading to an excessive inward rotation of the ankle (over-pronation), causing foot misalignment and a number of problems causing foot pain.
The good news is there is a remarkable treatment available called HyProCure® that places a titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle, and correcting the excessive inward rotation.
You can learn more about HyProCure® in the free download below. If you’re visiting or living in the New York Area, contact an NYC podiatrist at Adler Footcare to find out the recommended treatment for your foot pain. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.