Feet Killing You? These Common Causes of Foot Pain Could Be to Blame
Foot fatigue, aching, and discomfort are a common complaint among people of all ages, especially for adults and anyone working long hours on their feet (or who wears less-than-ergonomic footwear). What's more, during work-from-home life, your slippered feet may not have seen much wear and tear. As you resume your workout routine and crack open that shoe collection, you may be noticing odd aches that make it hurt just to walk around. And once that dull, temporary discomfort progresses into real pain—whether it's on the top or the arch of your foot, the toes, or the ankles—it might be time to see a specialist, such as a podiatrist (foot doctor), to help pinpoint the precise cause of pain and figure out a proper treatment plan.
"Foot pain can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of life," says Albert Nejat, DPM, a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Los Angeles. "Fortunately, most foot pains can be addressed with simple measures, like changing habits, doing stretches, wearing different shoes, and altering your training practices."
Again, while some simple end-of-day TLC can help soothe those overworked feet, you'll want to see a podiatrist for lingering pains. Considering foot pain is so prevalent, we asked experts to address the most common nagging feet woes—from potential causes of foot pain to helpful remedies.