One Habit You Need for Foot Health

One Habit You Need for Foot Health

One Small Habit

to promote lasting foot health

With each step you take, you are engaging a complicated network of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments designed to propel you forward, support the entire body’s weight and help maintain balance. The simple act of walking is often taken for granted – until motion-limiting foot pain enters the equation.

Nearly one-fourth of all bones in the human body are in the feet. More than 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons are in the foot as well. One ruptured tendon or irritated joint can disrupt this careful balance, causing pain, limiting your ability to walk freely, and sometimes even requiring surgery.

There are many things you can do to strengthen your feet and promote healing of foot issues such as plantar fasciitis – like exercise, wearing supportive shoes, and doing stretches – but did you know that you can also improve your foot health and overall musculoskeletal health from the inside out?

Improve Nutrition

to revamp your foot health

Inflammation is the cause of many debilitating foot conditions. Anything from plantar fasciitis – chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia – to arthritis, gout, and other conditions are caused by an overeager inflammatory response.

While inflammation is a natural and often beneficial bodily function used to cushion an injured region of the body during the healing process, sometimes dietary choices, hormonal imbalance, and other factors can cause your body to signal an inflammatory response for longer than is necessary, actually harming the affected area. Chronic inflammation is associated with many muscle, nervous, joint and connective tissue disorders of the foot.

Vitamin deficiency can also contribute to many common foot conditions. For example, Vitamin D3 deficiency has been linked to widespread pain and inflammation throughout the body’s joints, muscles, and bones.

Vitamin C deficiency is associated with poor cardiovascular function and poor tendon, ligament and muscle health. In addition, wounds do not heal properly without vitamin C. Nerve pain has even been treated with high dose Vitamin C because of its beneficial effects on that system.

Mineral Deficiencies are also found often with foot and ankle pain. Osteoporosis we know affects the bones, which can compound into other issues affecting nearby joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Heightened Calcium intake is often recommended for those at risk of osteoporosis or osteopenia (reduced bone mass). Taking calcium with Vitamin D and Magnesium increases absorption efficiency and overall usefulness of this mineral.

Magnesium itself is very necessary for the proper function of muscles, bones and nerves. Many adults are magnesium deficient; this is often overlooked by physicians.

Many Americans do not get the necessary vitamins and minerals they need to adequately maintain their musculoskeletal health – which is why taking a multivitamin is a great way to fill the gaps in your diet.

Supplement For Success:

reduce inflammation & get back on your feet

When people are about to undergo surgery, they are usually given a pre-operation checklist for certain things to do or avoid as they prepare for their procedures.

This advice is crucial – not only are surgeons skilled enough to understand the science behind these procedures, they are also sometimes experts in the science behind healing. Nutrition is a key factor in repairing tissues affected by surgery, and starting a supplement regimen is a great way to make sure your body is optimized and ready to begin the healing process – regardless of whether or not you are a surgical candidate.

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Without proper nutrition, the body’s healing process from surgery, injury, or inflammatory foot conditions can take longer and may even encounter complications. A balanced diet, including essential vitamins and minerals, is extremely important for your healing experience to go smoothly. Unfortunately, it is very hard in our busy lives to achieve the amount of nutrition necessary for proper healing. This is why so many surgeons will recommend a multivitamin or specialized supplement regimen before and after surgery.

The right amount and combination of supplements can greatly impact your healing journey in a positive way. But you shouldn’t start a supplement regimen without guidance.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, the inventor of The Healing Sole Medical Flip Flop, designed a custom Bone + Joint Multivitamin with this in mind. In her years of medical practice, she often found herself recommending a variety of different supplements to her patients – especially her surgical patients. So, she decided to create a single multivitamin that has every essential vitamin and mineral she recommends to her patients every day – especially her surgical patients. Click here to read about why it’s so important to take a multivitamin before surgery!

One Convenient Multi To Fight Inflammation

fill nutritional gaps & promote musculoskeletal health

One convenient daily serving has everything she recommends her patients take daily to promote surgical recovery and overall musculoskeletal health.

What Is IN the multivitamin?

carefully selected ingredients made for you

These ingredients work best together – while each is a necessary supplement on its own, together they pack a powerful punch.

Full Spectrum Hemp Powder

Full Spectrum Hemp Powder is hemp with beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids. It’s included for its ability to support a healthy response to inflammation and provide you with antioxidants needed to support your overall health.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C boosts the function of the immune system to protect against illness and improves the body’s ability to repair damaged tissue - vital for wound healing & mandatory for collagen formation.

Calcium Citrate

Calcium Citrate is useful in balancing blood calcium levels to promote stronger, healthier bones and prevent the development of conditions such as osteoporosis.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 aids in the body’s ability to absorb calcium to promote bone health and the prevention of bone disorders. It's important to almost every human system.

Magnesium Oxide

Magnesium Oxide regulates magnesium levels to reduce muscle cramps and bone pain. It is also effective for lowering blood pressure, relieving anxiety and depression, and improving sleep quality. This is essential for nerve & muscle function.

Zinc Gluconate

Zinc Gluconate is a mineral that helps to balance zinc levels within the body as well as to promote the healthy growth and development of body tissues. It plays a large role in wound healing & connective tissue development.

Preventative care and functional wellness is key to maintaining the health of your musculoskeletal system. Don’t wait until you’re already experiencing pain to begin improving your health – begin making small, healthy lifestyle choices today. Shop our multi today!

Take Your Recovery A Step Further

Improving your diet is a long-term, and long-lasting fix. But in the meantime, if you don’t have to suffer from foot pain while you’re healing – why would you?

This is why we developed our Foot Pain Relief Cream. It uses powerful + natural ingredients to relieve foot pain on contact, and provide long-lasting relief: so you can go about your day with less foot pain and better overall foot health.

 

Our specially designed Foot Pain Relief Cream is formulated with a custom blend of essential oils, PEA, Lidocaine & Menthol. 

These medical-grade ingredients, combined with our gentle blend of essential oils, fight foot pain on contact – and continue to soothe it away while reducing inflammation at its source for long-term effects. 

PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide) is a natural pain reliever that offers muscle recovery support, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory booster & homeostasis regulator. Your body naturally produces PEA in response to pain or soreness after injury or exercise, and when applied, is ideal for promoting recovery of sore muscles and joints.

When paired with Lidocaine, which delivers an instant numbing sensation as it blocks nerve signals that give you the sensation of pain, these natural + powerful ingredients will get you back to the activities you love in no time, with less foot pain.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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How To Treat Heel Pain

How To Treat Heel Pain

Dr. Warner Talks Orthopedics:

heel pain & how to treat it

Heel pain can range from being a minor nuisance to nearly debilitating, changing our daily lives and activities. While this condition can be a common complaint among our patients, there are a number of causes of this discomfort, and treatment must be directed at the specific cause.

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, often occurring along with a heel ‘spur’. This bony prominence is located under the calcaneus, or heel bone. Heel spurs alone can be painless, but are often associated with a painful inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the forefoot.

The spur itself is a calcium deposit, and can often be seen on x-ray. This deposit takes many months or years to appear, and is usually related to repetitive stress and strain on foot ligaments, particularly in athletes engaging in running and jumping, but obesity and the excessive weight can play a role. The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue running from the calcaneus to the ball of the foot, and is very important in the mechanics of our foot movement and transmitting weight. If this tissue becomes inflamed, known as plantar fasciitis, it causes a painful heel/foot, often worse in the early morning upon waking (often a sharp, sticking pain), with some improvement throughout the day as it is stretched out, and returning after long periods of standing or walking. This pain is often described as a “stone bruise.”

If the pain is unresolved, the physician may consider injecting the area with an anti-inflammatory medication such as Ketolorac (Toradol) and Lidocaine, an anesthetic agent. Steroid injections, such as Cortisone, should be avoided due to risk of plantar fascial rupture and other side effects.commonly be found in people with no symptoms at all. Therefore, treatment is only needed when the spur is symptomatic and related to fasciitis, inflammation, and pain.

During your assessment, your doctor will examine the foot, and potentially request x-rays of the foot in order to delineate between other causes of heel pain, including Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, a compressed nerve, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or retrocalcaneal bursitis. Your physician will then determine how best to treat the pain. Treatment can range from non-invasive attempts to reduce stress on the ligaments to injections or even to surgery.

 

Initial Treatment Options

your doctor may recommend

Rest – this helps alleviate the inflammation and pain.

Ice – helps to control pain.

NSAIDS/Anti-inflammatory medications (Advil/Aleve/Tylenol) – to control pain.

Exercises/stretching/physical therapy – relax the tissues around the heel bone and improve pain.

Shoe inserts/orthotic devices – help decrease pain with activity and improve foot mechanics.

Night splinting – keeps the heel stretched during sleep and less painful upon waking.

PRP Injections – A natural method of treatment using your own blood to promote healing.

If other methods have not been beneficial, the orthopedic surgeon may consider releasing this tight plantar fascia, in a plantar fascial release, and removing the spur, if present.

Click here to read about some of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain!

Occasionally heel pain may come from a hip rotation problem or even a spinal nerve compression. Read more about her unique methodology on our About page!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

Orthotics: A Simple Way to Cure Sore Feet

Orthotics: A Simple Way To Cure Sore Feet

Orthotics For Foot Pain

a simple + natural way to relieve pain

Orthotics is a branch of medical science that deals with the manufacturing and application of a device – commonly known as an orthotic – to correct the alignment of the neuromuscular and skeletal system. Orthotics design relies on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and engineering. Available for both upper and lower limbs, orthotics have multiple medical uses in addition to relieving sore feet, including:

  • assisting the movement of a joint in a particular direction
  • immobilizing the extremities to reduce weight bearing forces on the joints
  • aiding rehabilitation after a fracture
  • providing correct shape and function of body and reducing pain to optimize sporting performance

Orthotics provide support that appropriately distributes force while aligning the foot and ankle joint in the anatomically correct position, which aids in walking, running and standing. People of all ages who suffer from sore feet, heel pain, hammertoes, knee and back pain benefit from orthotics. They are particularly effective to help prevent diabetic patients from developing foot ulcers. In the past, plaster molds were used to create a custom fit for each patient, however now a computerized foot analysis is used that more accurately reflects the dynamic of each individual patient’s gait.

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Common Foot Orthotics

and how they help

  • Heel Insert: Includes a wedge inserted into the inner side of the soles to support flat feet and relieve sore feet
  • Ankle Foot Brace: Relieves the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in the heel and ankle
  • Heel Flare: Prevents ankle sprains
  • Heel Cushion: Absorbs and relieves stress on heel and ankle while running and walking
  • Toe separator: Used for corns and calluses between the toes
  • Soft Orthotic Cushion: Distributes pressure on the foot evenly
  • Wide Shoes or a Pad Under the Bones of the Forefoot: Relieves pain in the forefoot

The type of orthotic that your orthopedic doctor recommends will depend on your symptoms, the causes, and shape of your feet. When used correctly, orthotics help to realign the foot and ankle, correct deformities, relieve sore feet and improve the overall function of the foot and ankle. However, incorrect fit or use can change the mechanics of the patient’s gait and cause new problems rather than curing existing ones.

  • Limb Orthotics: Corrects lower limb deformities
  • Prefabricated Heel Insert: Made of silicon or rubber, these orthotics relieve heel pain or spurs
  • Full-Contact Cushion Orthotics (with deep cushion and rocker bottom soles): Help diabetic patients prevent foot ulcers by reducing pressure on the foot
  • Shoes with a Wide Toe Box: Used for patients who suffer from hammer toes and bunions
  • Sport Orthotics: For runners and athletes, these full-length, soft devices help reduce stress and prevent feet from turning inward.

Patients should always consult an orthopedic physician before buying or using an orthotic device. Click here to read about more ways you can address heel pain naturally – at home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

5 Ways to Treat Heel Pain Yourself

5 Ways To Treat Heel Pain Yourself

5 Ways To Treat Heel Pain Yourself

safely, naturally and at home

Heel pain is very common. This pain is disabling and is from heel spurs, inflamed tissues or degenerating tissues in the foot. The pain is felt on the bottom of the heel, mostly on the inside half of the bottom of the heel. The pain occurs when standing or walking or running. This pain is very intense with the first step in the morning or after sitting at a desk or driving for a long time period.

There are a number of safe and proven ways you can treat this pain without needing to see a doctor or pay a copay. Here are 5 ways to self-treat:

1. Stretch Your Leg Muscles

Stretching the calves is very important for treating heel pain. This is an indirect stretch for the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the source of heel pain. This fascia begins on the bottom of the heel bone. The calf muscles insert on the back of the heel bone. By stretching the calf muscle, you indirectly treat the pain that starts on the bottom of the heel.

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2. Stretch the Tissue on the Bottom of the Foot

Stretch the tissue on the bottom of the foot. Tissue-specific stretching really works. Studies have shown that this is as effective as many other prescribed treatments. Tissue-specific stretching works best if it is done with calf stretching. The combination of a direct and indirect stretch optimizes pain relief.

 

3. Massage Your Foot with a Tennis Ball

Tennis balls are inexpensive and if you leave near a court, probably free. If you roll the bottom of your foot on a tennis ball, that massages the tissues and muscles on the sole. By doing this, you are using a therapy technique and treating your own pain. This is particularly effective to reduce the amount of pain felt with the first step in the morning. Just be sure to keep the tennis ball off the floor when you aren’t massaging your plantar fascia; this is a safety tip!

 

4. Massage Your Foot with a Frozen Water Bottle

Freeze a bottle of water and use that to massage the foot. By placing an individual bottle of water in the freezer, you can make your own ice therapy device. Granted, it is not as sophisticated as some that are prescribed, but it can be effective. Icing is a known technique in orthopedic and sports medicine. Icing a painful body part can reduce pain and reduce swelling. This should be done on a towel to reduce the risk of a wet floor when you are done.

 

5. Utilize a Massage Device

Use a device like “The Heeler” to ice and provide a deeper massage to the muscles and fascia on the bottom of the foot and the heel. “The Heeler” provides ice therapy and deeper stretching of the tissues at the same time.

Bonus Tip: Start A Multivitamin Regimen

act now, get steady results

Dr. Warner, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Well Theory, has often found that her patients are lacking essential vitamins and minerals in their diets. Sometimes, this can cause joint inflammation and discomfort. Read more about how to choose the right multivitamin for your condition today!

Dr. Warner designed her Bone & Joint Multi to:

  • Help fill the nutritional gaps in your diet 
  • Support a healthy response to inflammation 
  • Promote post-surgical recovery 
  • Pre-surgical optimization 
  • Promote overall musculoskeletal health for bone, joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments

Discover more ways to treat heel pain by reading this helpful blog!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

Ankle Arthritis Treatment Options

Ankle Arthritis Treatment Options

Ankle Realignment Osteotomy

an alternative to ankle fusion surgery

Ankle arthritis is common and as debilitating as knee arthritis or hip arthritis. Ankle arthritis, unlike knee or hip arthritis, is usually post-traumatic. While almost all arthritis of the knee and hip is age-related and genetic in nature, up to 80% of ankle arthritis is post-traumatic. Usually, the patient had a fracture or very significant ligamentous injuries at some point. It may take 20 to 30 years for such arthritis to become problematic in the ankle.

Ankle arthritis does not automatically mean that a fusion is necessary as the treatment. Although for many years fusion surgery was the so-called ‘gold standard’ for the treatment of painful arthritis, this is no longer true. There are a variety of treatment options that should be discussed at your clinic visit. However, unless your surgeon is current and is performing cutting-edge surgeries, he or she may not think outside of fusion for the treatment of ankle arthritis.

If a patient presents with arthritis and a deformity whereby the ankle turns either in or out too much, a realignment osteotomy is a good option. This surgery is very technical and requires good technique, proper patient selection, and thorough preoperative planning. If your surgeon is able and willing to do this type of surgery, it is a great way to keep your own ankle joint and reduce pain yet increase function. 

Eventually, as one ages a fusion may be necessary; however, a well-done realignment osteotomy is often converted to a total ankle replacement. A replacement can treat end-stage arthritis with a motion preserving implant.

The basic principle of a realignment osteotomy:

changing contact pressures of the ankle joint.

An ankle joint that is misaligned by even 2mm (2 millimeters) can have increased contact pressures of up to 42% overall. More contact pressure eventually leads to cartilage damage and possibly pain. Unless the ankle is as close to anatomically aligned as possible, the arthritis will progress and the pain will remain. By changing the overall shape of the ankle, pressure is redistributed and the cartilage is preserved. Patients that undergo this surgery have pain relief and improved function. This is so even when up to 50% of the joint surface is arthritic prior to surgery.

How do you know if your ankle would benefit from a realignment osteotomy?

The first thing you must do is find a surgeon that performs these surgeries, understands them and is willing to do them. Many surgeons still believe that fusions are the only answer to arthritis. If your surgeon tells you that fusion is the only option and that nothing else will ever work, simply locate a surgeon that is performing these advanced joint-preserving procedures. If you have arthritis in the ankle with a deformity, you could benefit from this procedure. The usual deformities are a ‘valgus’ or ‘varus’ ankle; these are ankles that tilt too much to either side. 

The individuals that typically do not do well with this procedure have absolutely no cartilage left, infection, neuropathic bone changes (different from sensory neuropathy) or have a totally un-fixable instability of the ligaments. Otherwise, you could be a candidate for this joint-sparing procedure.

Questions Your Physician Should Ask

stay informed throughout your treatment plan

  • Do you have arthritis of the ankle?
  • Is your ankle arthritis due to a previous fracture?
  • Is your ankle arthritis due to infection or neuropathy?
  • Is your ankle arthritis from a severe ankle sprain or a series of minor ankle sprains?
  • How old are you?
  • What is your height and weight?
  • Do you have an osteochondral defect of the talar dome? (an OCD?)
  • Have you been told that you have a cartilage fracture or dead bone?
  • Have you been told that your only option is a fusion surgery?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain

Common Causes Of Foot And Ankle Pain

Common Causes Of Foot & Ankle Pain

and symptoms you should look for

We take our feet for granted most of the time. They get us out of bed in the morning, take us on a jog around the neighborhood, and keep us moving all day long. We squeeze them into high heels, pound them on miles of pavement, and ignore their minor aches. Only when foot and ankle pain suddenly stops us in our tracks, literally, do we put our feet up and take notice.

Have you ever seen a reflexology chart of the foot? Reflexologists believe that each part of the foot is connected to another part of the human body. Problems in the body may be felt in the foot and treatment of the foot may help pain in the body according to this theory.

We know that the entire human body is interconnected, and that is certainly true with our feet as well. The feet act as the foundation for all motion and function. Pain in one area may be caused by something going on in a completely separate part of the body.

In her clinical practice, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Well Theory, Dr. Meredith Warner, investigates foot and ankle pain with a full body exam to understand where the foot pain is coming from, and how it is affecting the whole body. Often, someone that presents with ankle pain will be found to have a dysfunctional hip that is causing them to walk and run poorly; this causes the ankle pain. If the leg and hip are ignored, this will not be discovered and the foot will remain painful.

Based on the location of pain, a diagnosis is usually straightforward, and may be corroborated using a simple x-ray or blood test. Dr. Warner treats all of the following common foot and ankle conditions on a daily basis:

Toe Pain

and the conditions that cause it

Corns– Caused by continuous pressure on the sole of the foot, corns are a painful thickening of the skin that often reoccurs. These are similar in nature to the calluses found on the fingertips of a guitarist. Conventional treatment includes corn caps and cryosurgery, wearing shoes with insoles and a good fit. However, it is important that your doctor recognize and treat the source of the pressure as well, or the callus will simply return.

Gout– Gout is a form of arthritis that deposits uric acid crystals in joint tissues. These crystals are small, sharp spikes of minerals that attack the joint surface. Gout symptoms occur rapidly and frequently start with severe pain in the dead of the night. Often a gout attack will happen after a heavy meal, particularly one with red meat. Treatment includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicine, aspirin, and allopurinol therapy to keep the uric acid levels under check and prevent recurrence. Occasionally, injections or surgery is necessary. Topical pain creams are quite effective for this problem. A natural remedy with good effectiveness are tart cherries.

Hammer toes– Chronic use of small, ill-fitted or high-heeled shoes can make toes hurt. The shoes may cause the toes to take on a peculiar bent shape that looks like small hammers. Usually, hammer toes are caused by genetics and shoes simply make them symptomatic. Treatment options include avoiding shoes that make the hammer toes hurt; a cobbler may stretch the upper of the shoe and give more room for the toes; stretching and strengthening exercises for the toes; painkillers, both oral and topical; insoles; and in extreme cases orthopedic surgery might be required. 

Bunions– Abnormal bony prominences at the joint of the great toe are called bunions. This condition may be very painful and should to be remedied before it become a permanent deformity. Bunions are a genetic condition and are typically progressive; that is, they will increase or become worse over time. This worsening occurs regardless of shoe wear. Causes and treatment are the same as for hammer toe. Treatment starts conservatively, but often surgery is required. 

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Arthritis– The most common reason for joint pain anywhere in the body, arthritis is joint inflammation that often occurs in adults older than 50. Foot pain may often be caused by arthritis; treatment is similar as for arthritis in the knee or hip. Painkillers, exercises, weight reduction, calcium, vitamin D can help to manage chronic arthritis. Physical therapy is a very effective treatment for arthritis. 

Trauma– Any trauma to a joint in the foot can cause a fracture or a ligament tear or sprain. A fracture is a broken bone and treatment changes based on which bone is broken, how it is broken and also on patient characteristics. Fractures, or broken bones, should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Sprains or ligament tears may occur with trauma as well; sometimes soft tissue heals faster than broken bones. Treatment varies but may occasionally require no weight bearing on the affected joint for at least two weeks and some type of compression wrap along with ice, elevation and physical therapy.

Heel Pain

and the conditions that cause it

Plantar fasciitis– Plantar fasciitis is the degeneration of the ligaments and tendons below the heel can cause early morning foot pain. Usually this pain is due to damage to the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is one of the most important stabilizers of the arch in the foot, and is also important in the function of the foot and in allowing for motion. This condition is extremely painful and can last up to 2 years. Treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs, insoles, topical ointments, stretching exercises, rest and ice packs. Treatment may also include surgery, injections, physical therapy and/or acupuncture.

Calcaneal spur– A bony ridge protruding from the heel bone (i.e. calcaneus) can cause a lot of heel trouble. It arises from the calcaneus (heel bone) near the plantar fascia and can be confirmed by a x-ray. Treatment options include pain-killers, topical ointments and orthopedic surgery. Treatment for heel spurs is often the same as treatment for plantar fasciitis. Surgery should be a last resort for this problem.

Fallen Arch– A fallen arch causes compression of the structures that are meant to be preserved by the arch, such as the nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Wedges and insoles are the main line of treatment, however surgery is often needed for permanent resolution.

Damage to tendons- …such as the posterior tibial tendon, may cause arch pain as well. If there is damage to this tendon, the arch becomes unstable. The posterior tibial tendon holds the highest point of the arch (apex) and stabilizes it. This tendon also initiates the push-off portion of the gait cycle. Tears or stretching injury to this tendon cause pain. However, damage to this tendon also cause significant instability and collapse of the arch.

Foot and ankle pain can be caused all of the above conditions, as well as a wide range of others that include nerve damage due to chronic diabetes, vitamin B-12 deficiency, or folic acid deficiency. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan requires the attention of an orthopedic specialist.

If your foot pain is caused by a nutritional deficiency, including a multivitamin in your daily wellness routine is a great way to naturally combat stubborn pain. Click here to read more about how to choose the right multivitamin for your condition!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation