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The Many Different Causes of Foot Pain

Hey Angels and Alphas,

When your feet aren’t hurting, you don’t truly appreciate how crucial they are.

You will probably have foot pain at some point in your life, whether you are a runner, walk a lot, or just spend a lot of time on your feet.

But depending on the foot issue you’re having, you can be having a problem with your stride pace, your posture, or just overall foot health. These pains offer important clues to what’s happening in our health.

Today, let’s talk about the many forms unexpected foot pain takes, and what they all mean for our health:

# PAIN AT THE TOP OF THE FOOT. Without a doubt, this can be caused by many different things. But some experts suggest that the simplest remedy to this might be to unloose your shoe strings a bit. More often than not, runners end up with a burning pain at the top of their foot because their laces are too tight right where the tongue of their shoe is. Always keep this in mind when you’re going out for a run.

# PLANTAR FASCIITIS. When the plantar fascia ligament at the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed, this can cause pain and major discomfort. Plantar fasciitis can happen due to big jumps in running mileage, changing running terrain, or taking on a new challenge (such as, for example, hill climbing) that put too much stress and load on your foot.

# ANKLE SPRAIN. An injury to the ankle’s ligaments results in an ankle sprain. Ligaments, which join bones to one another, are strong bands of elastic tissue. If the ankle rolls, turns, or twists outside of its usual range of motion, an ankle sprain may result. Weak muscles, loose ligaments, unnatural foot positioning, uneven terrain, wearing spiked heels, and improper foot placement are all potential causes of ankle sprains. Depending on how severely the ligaments are strained or torn, a sprain may or may not cause swelling, pain, or bruising.

# ACHILLES TENDON PAIN. The largest tendon in the human body is the Achilles tendon. It joins the heel bone and the calf muscle. However, this tendon is also the most typical location for rupture or tendonitis, an overuse-related inflammation of the tendon. Overuse of the calf muscles and the tendon in the Achilles is the cause of tendonitis. Mild post-exercise soreness that gradually becomes worse, stiffness that goes away after the tendon warms up, and swelling are possible symptoms.


A bone growth on the heel bone is known as a spur. It is typically found where the plantar fascia, a lengthy band of connective tissue extending from the heel to the ball of the foot, joins to the underside of the heel bone. During activity, this connective tissue serves as a shock absorber and holds the arch together. If the plantar fascia is overstretched from running, wearing poor-fitting shoes, or being overweight, pain can result from the stress and inflammation of the tissue pulling on the bone. Over time, the body builds extra bone in response to this stress resulting in heel spurs

# A SORE, SWOLLEN SPOT. If you have a spot in your foot where soreness isn’t diminishing or going away, and it’s a very specific spot on one foot, you might be experiencing a stress fracture. This will usually be accompanied by a slight redness or swelling of the area, and it could become painful when walking or sitting. This is a big sign to watch out for.

# ANY RECURRING PAIN/INFLAMMATION. Keep in mind every stride you take places huge pressure shocks on your feet. If you’re experiencing misalignment or poor shock absorption, your feet will react to it. If you have recurring issues, make sure to seek the help of an expert. 

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