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Why do orthopedists warn of foot pain?

13.07.20 22263x read

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Do you try to ignore your heel pain after standing all day or the tingling in your toes? Orthopedist Tomáš Mundil warns that painful foot symptoms can lead to serious health problems.

Which problems do you most often treat in your office?

"People come to my office with foot pain, shoe problems and they can't get by or manage what they used to do."

What is usually the problem?

"One-third to one-half of their problems are related to their feet. The problem is mostly with a collapsed arch. "

How can we take on this issue?

"We can help a collapsed arch with correct heel position and, to some extent, with exercise."

The consequences of a collapsed arch include difficulties such as pain in the heel or feet, and development of a flat foot, bunion or heel spur. Since there is simple advice for these difficulties, which is "exercise, wearing the right shoes and foot care", we have prepared a few exercises for you that will not take much time and you will be able to do them at home, plus some recommendations.

HEEL PAIN

Heel pain may be associated with Achilles tendon strain, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis. Therefore, it is important to stretch the foot.

Exercise 1: Foot Stretch

Stand at a table or lean slightly against a wall so that your legs can bend freely at the knee. Take a step back with one foot. Press the whole foot to the ground to stretch the Achilles tendon. Now raise the heel as far up as possible, push forward, bend the knee and lower. The more the foot is stretched, the more the space between the heel and the toes stretches. In this position, you can swing the foot side to side, increasing tension and stretching exactly the muscles you need.

Video: Foot Stretch

We recommend regular muscle stretching, foot massages, relaxing baths with spa oils or fizzing bath bombs, and warm compresses to release muscle tension. In addition to warming creams, you can also use merino sheep wool socks, whose beneficial properties we have mentioned many times before.

FLAT FEET

It is a deformity of the foot, in which the longitudinal arch of the foot collapses and can occur at different ages. Problems with flat feet can arise at an early age. Even children can playfully handle the following exercise.

Exercise 2: Toe to Heel Stretch

Stand on a mat (if you do not have enough stability, lean lightly on a table/wall or sit in a chair) and raise your feet on tiptoes, then lower back to the ground and rock back onto your heels. Alternate between the toe and heel positions to stretch the foot. 

Video: Toe to Heel Stretch

Firstly, we can set up suitable shoes with a soft flexible sole, which will stabilize the heel. MUDr. Vladimír Medek and MUDr. Tomáš Mundil agree: "If the arch is collapsed, it is necessary to support the longitudinal arch of the foot with orthopedic insoles made of various materials to raise the foot."

HALLUX (BUNIONS)

It is a complex affliction of the forefoot with this deformity of the big toe. It is an acquired deformity that can lead to operations. Prevention is necessary to avoid surgery.

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