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Stopping foot pain before it begins is the best way to avoid costly and painful surgical procedures down the road. Despite the fact that many people disregard foot pain for long periods, pretending that the pain doesn’t exist or hoping it would just disappear are inadequate reactions to the foot pain dilemma.

Painful feet can be a thing of the past and strong, healthy feet can take their place with only a few minor lifestyle changes. Here are a few reasons why ball-of-foot pain occurs, how to treat foot problems such as Achilles tendonitis, and how minor changes, like using insoles for high heels, can help.

Achilles Tendinitis Can Be Eased with This Stretch

Achilles heel tendonitis can really put a damper on anyone’s day. The shrinkage of this vital tendon can cause contracting in the lower leg. It can also be a major contributor to a tear or rip during activity.

The way to elongate the tendon’s structure in order to lessen pain is to apply gentle stretching to the region. Sit on the floor with both legs extended in a seated position. Then, gently lean the upper body forward and feel the stretch on the hamstring.

Now that the muscles in your legs have sufficiently been warmed up, gently coax the feet towards the head to focus the stretch onto your Achilles tendon. Hold the stretch for about 30-45 seconds, rest for 60 seconds, and repeat 5 times.

Massage, Stretch and Insoles For High Heels Can Prevent Painful Foot Conditions

In today’s high-fashion world, lack of willingness to get rid of the painful shoes is unfortunate. However, with the use of high heel insoles, ball-of-foot pain can be significantly reduced or eliminated altogether.

It is advisable to choose shoes that have a heel with a less than 2″ heel and with a wider-profile heel such as a wedge to avoid future ball of foot pain. If pain occurs at the end of the day, consider changing to flat dress shoes for 3 days out of the week to allow the feet some rest from tight shoes which will help feet heal in between wearing higher heels.

Be sure to massage and stretch to encourage utmost blood flow to the feet.

High Heels Can Spell Trouble for Feet

Shoes with high heels can create much trouble for your feet. From the tight toe box (the area surrounding the front of the foot) to the angle of incline, these shoes can do quite a bit of internal damage to feet.

First, when feet are squeezed into tight shoes, as occurs in a high heeled shoe, the mid-foot and toe portions of the foot are forced into a tiny space where they cannot function properly. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments are strained into a narrow space that doesn’t allow the foot to function properly.

Over time, nerves become packed together, blood flow is lessened to areas of the foot (particularly in the toes) and problems with the feet occur.

Massage Can Aid Feet in More Than One Way

Foot pain and soreness can be rubbed away with a gentle massage. The soothing movement of the muscle fibers increases blood flow to the area. Massage also brings healing, oxygen-rich blood into the affected foot.

Once muscles are relaxed, irritated nervous tissue can begin to decrease how often they are firing and pain relief results. If nerve endings and muscles are extremely irritated by a certain pair of shoes or an activity, swelling will be present. In that case, it is advised to use ice packs or frozen vegetables to decrease inflammation.

Elevating the feet higher than the heart during this time is also very useful in allowing the excess fluids to be taken away by the lymph system from the foot.

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Relieves joint pain due to arthritis and tendonitis

Relieves joint pain due to arthritis and tendonitis