Top 5 Abnormalities Of The Feet And How To Treat Them On A Budget

Our feet provide support for the body and take a lot of abuse during an average day. After a full day on your feet, it is common to experience foot pain, and foot problems can make it worse. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to prevent foot pain and solve problems caused by these 5-foot abnormalities.

1. Plantar Fasciitis

A lot has been written about how to cure plantar fasciitis, and home treatment is generally effective. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that supports the arch of your foot. When it gets strained, pain, weakness, and inflammation result.

When asked how to cure plantar fasciitis, most doctors agree that stretching and massage provide temporary relief, along with standard RICE care (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). If pain is severe, a Nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory drug may help. You may need to see a podiatrist or a doctor specializing in sports medicine. The best way to cure plantar fasciitis permanently is to wear personalized orthotics that support the feet well.

2. Natural Heel Spur Relief

Heel spurs are caused by a calcium deposit underneath the heel bone. They are often painless and you may not even know you have a heel spur until it becomes inflamed. Heel spur relief can often be achieved with exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, and personalized orthotics. Personalized orthotics can correct the causes of the heel spur and prevent further growth and inflammation. If these measures fail, you may need to see your podiatrist for a cortisone injection or, in severe cases, surgery to remove the spur.

3. Treating and Preventing Calluses On Feet

Calluses are often no more than an unsightly growth, but they can become painful. Caused by friction from shoes or toes rubbing together, they are too often ignored or tolerated in the interest of wearing fashionable shoes. But, you don't need to give up your favorite shoes to prevent calluses on feet.

Treat calluses by soaking the feet, then removing the callus with a pumice stone. For preventing calluses on feet, personalized P.O.L. CustomFit™ Orthotics in well-fitting shoes does wonders. The feet are supported and friction is decreased, preventing calluses and other causes of foot pain.

4. Problems Related to Foot Pronation and Supination

In healthy movement of the foot, the weight is distributed between the toes, with slightly more weight pressing on the big toe and the second toe. If too much of the weight load is placed on these toes, the result is over-pronation. The load doesn't distribute evenly throughout the foot and ankle, and problems can result. In under-pronation, or supination, the outside of the foot and smaller toes are forced to take the entire weight with almost none landing on the big toe. Both over-pronation and supination cause pain in the feet and ankles and can lead to more severe problems.

The best treatment and prevention for foot pronation and supination problems is wearing appropriate shoes for your activities and inserting personalized orthotics to support the feet and ankles. Additional relief can be obtained by taping the foot and ankle and by lacing the shoes tightly.

5. How To Fix Flat Feet On a Budget

Flat feet are a common problem caused by the collapse of the arches. The problem can be present from birth or it may develop later. Likewise, it may affect one or both feet. Flat feet often cause no problems, but situations can develop where the foot doesn't distribute weight as well and can cause pain in the ankles, leg or lower back. If pain is present, treatment is indicated.

If you ask your doctor how to fix flat feet, he may prescribe exercises to strengthen the arch support. Additionally, arch supports or custom orthotics can be helpful in supporting the arch as well as the rest of the foot. In most cases, personal orthotics will relieve the pain caused by flat feet.

Choosing an Affordable Orthotic Solution

Most people start with orthotic products from the drugstore. These do provide some relief in most situations, but they are mass-produced to fit most common foot problems, and can't support the foot as well as a personalized orthotic. Until recently, this meant having your inserts made in a laboratory according to your doctor's prescription. But, there is a new option available in orthotic foot care that not only performs better than traditional orthotics but is also surprisingly affordable.

Created by Poditech Orthotics Laboratory, P.O.L. CustomFit™ Orthotics are personalized to your foot. You activate the insert, then wear it while you walk for 10 minutes and sit for 5 minutes. The insert molds to your foot while you walk and sit. The result is personalized orthotic inserts that support your feet perfectly and correct or prevent the most common foot problems.

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