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Foot Pain and Problems

Jul 14, 2021

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Walking around barefoot, with socks or house slippers can put you at increased risk for foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, tendinitis and metatarsalgia (pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot)”, says Dr. Weissman, a podiatrist from Cedar-Sinai Medical.

When it comes to health, more often than not, our feet get the least attention. Our feet are fairly complex having 26 bones, 30 joints and almost 100 muscles and ligaments. The foot is the platform of our body movement and all these components are needed to help you stand, balance and they also absorb all the pressure as you walk.

Many do not know that without proper support and cushioning on our feet, it increases stress on the ligaments, tendons and also around the ball of the foot. Our body will also change its movement or functions in an effort to reduce the stress and relief some of the foot pain. Foot pain and problems can be caused by different situations like new activities, increased intensity of certain routines or changes in your lifestyle.

 

How Covid-19 and WFH affects your feet

Especially during this Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are working from home (WFH) and spent most of our time at home. Surprisingly, this is the main reason why there has been an increase in foot pain recently. Being barefoot all the time at home without support will tend to add strain to the foot arch which will then lead to foot problems.

As your feet bear all your weight as you stand, walk and while you are doing other activities, it is very common that you will encounter foot problems. This can be foot pain or discomfort to any part of your foot such as the toes, heels, arches and soles. It is an unpleasant sensory feeling which will affect your normal movement, day-to-day routines and emotional experience.

 

How serious are your foot pain and problems?

Foot pain is often a sign of something more serious and could be a sign that you are suffering from an injury. There a numerous types of foot pain like flat feet, metatarsalgia, high arch feet, Morton’s Neuroma, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, corns, calluses, hammertoes, heel spur and bunions. Each of these foot pain has its own set of symptoms and the intensity of the pain will also vary.

Your foot pain can be mild or severe, it can be for a short period of time but also prolong and continue to cause problems if it is not treated as soon as possible. It is best to seek certified pedorthist consultation and treatment if the foot pain persists and identify which area of your foot causes the pain. This is for the consultant to better understand your foot condition and advice the right treatment for you.

However, most people experiencing foot pain and problems did not seek any certified pedorthist consultation or treatment even after their condition worsen. In some types of medical study, feet can actually give insights into how your body is doing. Your feet can give the indication needed to find out about your health.

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It is important to see a doctor or a certified pedorthist if you experience any foot pain. Various measures can be adopted to reduce the pain and some of them can also be treated without any surgery. You should always keep your feet clean and dry, always wear proper footwear that is comfortable and gives proper support and cushioning to your feet.

With the current advancement of our technology, custom made insoles can help to solve your foot pain and problems. It is highly recommended to find a certified pedorthist with many years of experience to fabricate your custom made insoles. These custom made insoles will be fabricated according to your feet’ needs and it is called custom orthotics. It gives you the custom support that you need to alleviate your foot pain and problems.

Custom orthotics are a multi-step process specially customised to you. It includes thorough foot care consultation, examining of your foot, pressure scanning, casting of your foot, data analysing, manufacturing and finally the fitting of your custom orthotics. A highly certified pedorthist will help you with the shoe fitting and make minor adjustments as required to ensure the custom orthotics fits you perfectly.

 

How Happy Walker can Help You

Happy Walker is the first in Singapore to have its own orthotics lab which uses new technology to develop and manufacture custom orthotics to help solve your foot pain and problems. We have a range of orthotic shoes and orthotic insoles for you.

With many years of experience, the custom orthotics can help you improve your walking gait, reduce wear and tear on your knee caps and eventually address your back pain problems.

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