Here at Foot Solutions, we are more than just a shoe store. We work with our customers on a daily basis to help them enjoy a full and active lifestyle, and to eliminate foot pain and discomfort. Many people feel worried about seeking help for foot pain, especially if they feel embarrassed about their feet, but our team are friendly and professional, and they really have seen it all!
Many people do not realise how important it is to care for their feet in order to prevent pain throughout the body. If you are experiencing pain in your feet, legs, hips or lower back, the chances are that something is not right in your feet. When you visit us, we will take the time to really understand your situation, and our customer feedback tells us that the solutions we offer are very effective.
What Happens in a Foot Solutions Appointment?
When you make an appointment at Foot Solutions, our friendly pedorthists will always take the time to understand your history, your lifestyle and your goals. We will carry out a Foot Assessment Process to identify and treat your foot pain, and we focus on a complete solution that often involves comfort socks, custom arch supports and good quality shoes. This process can take up to 45 minutes to complete.
There are many different types of foot pain, and the chances are that your pedorthist will have worked with many people who have experienced the same discomfort as you. Read on for a quick rundown of the most common foot problems, and find out how we can help.
Common Foot Problems:
• Plantar Fasciitis. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, where the band of tissue connecting the toes to the heel becomes damaged or inflamed. This is an injury common to runners, and can also be caused by ill-fitting shoes. If you suffer with this condition, you will likely need an extended rest period to heal, followed by specific exercises to rehabilitate the area. Custom arch supports can help to protect and cushion the plantar fascia, and supportive shoes that fit your feet well can prevent further problems from developing. Talk to us to find out if night splints or gel heel cups could help you.
• Heel Spurs. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that build up around the heel bone, causing inflammation and pain. This condition is not usually painful in itself, but it can be tricky to find shoes that accommodate the feet and this can cause friction and pain. The best way to treat heel spurs is usually with a custom insert that is designed to protect this delicate area.
• Calluses. Calluses develop when dead skin cells harden and thicken in certain areas on the foot, usually the ball of the foot, the heel or the inside of the big toe. Calluses are often caused by high heeled shoes, shoes that are too tight, flat feet, high arches or an abnormal gait. Here at Foot Solutions, we can help you to find footwear and inserts that will redistribute your weight and allow calluses to heal, as well as preventing further problems in the future.
• Bunions. Many people develop bunions as they age, and this is often a result of wearing shoes that are too tight or have a restricted toe box. A bunion occurs when pressure on the joint of the big toe causes it to protrude and become deformed. This can lead to inflammation and swelling in the joint of the toe, as well as pain or discomfort when walking. In many cases, well fitted footwear and custom arch supports can help to relieve the pressure on the foot and ease the pain of bunions.
• Hammer Toes. Hammer toes develop when the ligaments and tendons in the feet become shortened and the toes are pulled downwards. This is usually a result of wearing tight or restrictive shoes, but can also be caused by arthritis. Hammer toes may be relieved with products such as hammer toe crests or splints, and the pain can also be treated with gel toe shields and gel toe caps. Finding shoes that can accommodate hammer toes will be the best way to protect your toes from further damage.
• Achilles Tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis is a condition common to runners that occurs when the large tendon in the back of the ankle becomes irritated or inflamed. This condition often results from over-pronation, which places the tendon under stress, but can also be caused by poorly-fitted shoes, trauma or deformity or a failure to warm up properly before exercising. Supporting the damaged area is crucial, and this requires well fitted footwear and additional support from custom arch supports in many cases. It is also very important to ensure that you warm up properly before exercising.
• Metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia refers to pain in the ball of the foot, usually caused by injuries or ill-fitting shoes that lead to uneven distribution of the body weight. Well fitted shoes and custom arch supports can help to re-balance the body weight and relieve the pain in the feet, especially when exercising.
• Morton’s Neuroma. This condition usually occurs on the ball of the foot, between the third and fourth toes, where the nerve becomes inflamed and causes burning pain, numbness and swelling. Morton’s Neuroma may be caused by wearing poorly fitted shoes, especially high heels, or when taking exercise that puts pressure on this area of the foot. Most people feel a great deal of relief when they change to supportive, well-fitted shoes with a custom arch support that includes a metatarsal pad to spread the body weight and relieve the pressure on the feet. In severe cases, surgery may be an option.
• Morton’s Toe. Morton’s Toe is a common condition where the second toe is longer than the big toe, causing excessive pressure on the second metatarsal head, which may lead to painful calluses. Wearing footwear that can accommodate the longer second toe is vital, and custom arch supports are a great option to re-align the foot and reduce the stress on it.
• Arch Pain or Arch Strain. Arch pain may result from plantar fasciitis, but it can also be caused by direct force trauma, ligament or muscle strains, stress fractures, tight joints or inflammatory arthritis. If you are feeling pain in the arch of your foot, you can try home treatments using ice and compression, and rest the foot. If this does not resolve the pain, you should seek medical advice or visit us to find out how we can help.
• Overlapping Toes. Overlapping toes is a condition in which one toe lies on top of another, and this can become inflamed and cause pain. It can be caused by bunions, or by wearing shoes that have a restrictive toe box. You can try specific products such as gel toe straighteners, gel toe caps and toe separators, which are designed to reduce friction and relieve the pain, as well as shoes that have a high, broad toe box.
Our Customers Tell Us:
We often hear from our customers about the positive effects our recommendations have had on their lives, and we are delighted that we have been able to help so many people on their path back to great health. Anthony O’Mahoney, Cook and Proprietor at Hart’s Coffee Shop in Clonakilty, told us:
“Before I came into Foot Solutions, I was sluggish, lethargic and tired on my feet at work all day. I’m a cook, so long days are just part of the job. The Foot Solutions team really know their stuff and I was quickly recommended an amazing pair of cushioned safety shoes perfectly suited to use in the kitchen! Now I walk with a spring in my step, I’m as snug as a bug in a rug.”
Relieve Your Foot and Arch Pain With Comfort Shoes
Whether you are focused on injury prevention or simply need help with an existing foot, knee or back problem, we will help find the very best foot solution for you. Pop into your local store to talk to us, or book an appointment online today.