Pain in the feet can be caused by inflammation of the joints, strain of the soft tissues, (fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments) or irritation of nerves
Foot Pain can be caused locally or by tension, strain, imbalance and stiffness in the calves, knees, quad’s and hami’s, hips, pelvis and low back.
Your feet are an absolute marvel. Think of what they do.
Their ability to adapt to whatever surface you tread on, the loads they bear, the amount of time you spend using them and the distances they carry you, are flabbergasting.
Almost beyond belief
You take about 200 million steps every 50 or 60 years.
One of the things that really amazes me about the feet is that we don’t get more problems than we do.
But problems we do get. Problems with feet tell us they are there in the usual musculo-skeletal way, with pain.
Probably the most common foot problem is plantar fasciitis – burning or stinging pain on the sole of one or both feet. This is a symptom that relates to a few problems like heel spurs, falling arches, bunions and tight calf muscles.
You can manage many of the common foot problems yourself. Simply stretching your calves is a silver bullet for many foot problems.
The way to find out if tight calves are causing or contributing to your foot (or back) pain is to start stretching your calves. And not once or twice. Lots. Like 3 to 10 times a day. Every day. My favourite is the Calf Step Stretch.
Some problems, like bad arthritis or collapsed arches, need professional help. Some, like mortons neuroma or severe bunions need surgery to fix.