Heel pain: What it may mean: Plantar fasciitis You can’t mistake that specific ache sharp pain at the bottom of the heel when you get out of bed or stand up from a chair. It’s a strain of the ligament that supports the foot arch.
And whether you did it by wearing tight shoes, walking in flip-flops all the time, or wearing worn-out workout sneakers, the longer you let it go, the longer it takes to heal and the pain only gets worse.
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Podiatrists suggest you ease up on your workout at first and take more rest days to let the arch heel. Also, rethink your footwear, and adopt a good stretching post-workout routine.
Numbness: What it may mean: Peripheral neuropathy or a pinched nerve. Numbness is never a good sign in any part of the body and numbness in both the feet is known as peripheral neuropathy, caused most commonly by diabetes or as a side-effect of strong chemotherapy.
If you’re experiencing neuroma or numbness in only one foot, it could be due to a pinched nerve in the foot, ankle, or back. That’s most likely caused by years of wearing tight shoes. Yes, we are most likely referring to stiletto devotees.
Frequent foot cramping: What it may mean: Dehydration and nutritional deficiencies. Randomly occurring cramps are about as general as foot problems. They can be as serious as circulation and nerve issues, or as harmless as a nutritional deficiency. If you work-out regularly, be sure to drink plenty of water, since dehydration often leads to muscle cramping.
You might also try upping your intake of potassium, magnesium, and calcium since their deficiencies make cramps occur more frequently. “For relief, soak feet in a warm foot bath and stretch your toes toward your nose, not pointing down,” says Dr. McAloon. If the cramps don’t ease up, see your doctor to rule out circulation issues or nerve damage.