I’ve been rather fortunate in all of my injuries to have not injured a foot along the way. As described below, the feet are complex structures, and foot pain truly slows you down, making it difficult to get anything accomplished. Our members gave some excellent information on what to know about pain in various parts of the foot, and when to seek treatment for it.
Foot and ankle pain
Did you know that there are 24 bones, 34 joints, and more than 100 ligaments, tendons and muscles in each foot and ankle? That’s a lot that needs to work together in order to support the entire body as you move around every day.
If something is wrong with one part of the structure, it can create pain that might radiate throughout your body. Foot pain can lead to a limp or adjusting your gait and posture, which then affects your knees, hips and back.
Your physical therapist is an expert in understanding why your feet may be hurting and knowing what treatments will be helpful. Here are some of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain.