timberland shearling How to fix your feet problems
What it feels like. A sprain can range from grade 1 (you’ve got some tenderness and swelling, but can still walk) to grade 3, with swelling and pain so severe you can’t put weight on your foot even after several days. If it’s the latter, you’ll need to see a doctor for a splint, possibly crutches, and even physical therapy. Although you may be tempted to blow off a sprain and just hobble around on it, don’t: About 40 percent of all ankle sprains can lead to chronic pain, often because they don’t heal properly.
The lowdown. The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot, providing arch support. But when too much pressure is put on the foot from improperly fitting shoes, weight gain, or a recent uptick in activity the tissue can become swollen. This condition, known as plantar fasciitis,
is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel. “The plantar fascia is like a violin bow it’s tight, and if it gets stretched too much, it may tear,” says Dr. Carol L. Otis, a sports medicine doctor in Portland, Oregon.
The Rx. If your shoes are pinching, get your feet measured, so you can buy footwear in a larger size if necessary. “Women often don’t realize that their foot size can change due to weight gain, injury, or pregnancy,” Otis says. “If you have one foot that’s bigger than the other which is fairly common buy the correct fit for the larger foot.” Try over the counter protective pads for relief, too. If none of this helps, you’ll need minor surgery: Left untreated,
bunions can get bigger and even lead to arthritis.