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What are some tips for improving foot pain?

Ask an Expert: Dr. Ted Johnson

Whether it’s a sharp pain, dull ache, or burning sensation, foot pain can make it hard to walk, stand, or even sleep. Here are some tips on the common problem so that you can be sure to take the right steps to combat it yourself.

Understand the causes
Foot pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse, injury, underlying medical conditions and foot biomechanical deficiencies.

Wear the right shoes
Wearing shoes that fit properly and provide proper support can help reduce the risk of foot pain. Opt for shoes that have a wide toe box and good arch support.

Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight or obese can put extra stress on the feet, which can lead to pain and discomfort.

Strengthen and stretch your feet
Having stronger more flexible feet can help improve foot pain.

Ice and rest
Applying ice to the affected area and resting can help reduce inflammation and pain.

Custom orthotics may also help correct any structural imbalances that could be contributing to your foot pain.

It’s important to note that foot pain can be a sign of an underlying condition, and if pain persists or worsens, it’s important to seek the help of a qualified health-care professional.

Ted Johnson is a chiropractor in Powell River who has been practising for 29 years.

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