|Foot pain is a common problem that can be caused due to a variety of reasons. Depending on the problem will determine the required treatment. However, when experiencing prolonged pain could need the help of an expert as it can relate to many different issues or medical problems.
Oftentimes, people wear ill-fitting footwear which contributes to their problem. That is why it may be good to look at custom orthotics so that you know you’re wearing a shoe that caters to your problem and isn’t going to exacerbate it. However, other than physical causes, there may also be other issues at play, including vitamin deficiencies. Let’s look at some of the common issues.
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Cramps in the Foot
Foot cramps that occur during activity or rest can be due to a variety of factors, however in most cases the cause is due to nutritional deficiencies of magnesium, calcium and potassium. Magnesium deficiency causes a reduction in the transfer of oxygen to the muscle and a decrease in the production of ATP which is the fuel for muscle activity. Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to muscle cramps because a low level of it causes low calcium absorption.
Consuming foods rich in magnesium, calcium and potassium or taking supplements may solve the problem. In any case, it is advisable to consult a qualified nutritionist to see what is best for your health. The reason for the contraction of the foot muscle and the leg muscles in general can be too little drinking during and after exercise. During exercise the body sweats and loses fluids and electrolytes (sodium and potassium) that need to be replenished.
Whenever you experience a contraction in the foot, it can be solved by gently stretching the foot upwards with the help of the hands, against the direction of contraction. Another option is to stand barefoot close to the floor 60-70 cm from the wall with your face to the wall, while leaning your upper body on it. This movement creates a counter-stretching of the contracted foot muscle. In many cases, walking on the foot will also release the contraction.
Foot fungus causes rashes and irritation that often occur between the toes, as a result of a fungal infection. The treatment of the fungus is by applying antifungal ointments or systemic treatment by taking pills with a doctor's prescription. In folk medicine it is also common to use tea tree oil. Maintaining foot cleanliness by daily bathing and drying, daily changing of socks and wearing breathable socks that reduce sweat, may prevent the syndrome and streamline its treatment.
Also using shoes that are also made from a 'breathable' material or avoiding a very tight shoe will help, as these will allow the foot to dry out from sweating more easily. As a rule, adhering to the hygiene of the foot, including proper ventilation of the shoe after walking, will prevent skin problems. Sweat that cannot be evaporated can cause rash, inflammation, eczema and even foul odours.
Related: 5 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet
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