April 2018 - How to Help Painful Feet

Our feet are the bedrock of our skeletal structure. They form the point of contact with earth and send neurological feedback to the brain on our movement, gait and the stability of the world we stand on.

It is vital to look after them, keep the skin in good condition and wear appropriate footwear at all times.


Mechanical foot problems are very common and can result in pain being experienced in the heel, ankle, sole of the foot or toes. The job of your Osteopath is to ascertain the cause of the pain and then treat the area involved. The next step is giving you the correct advice on how to treat, manage and prevent the symptoms in future.

To do this, your Osteopath will often give advice on footwear, insoles and exercises. These will all vary depending on the diagnosis.

Top Tips for Healthier Feet if you have Mechanical Foot Pain:

  1. Always Wear Comfortable Shoes. Please don't walk barefoot around the house as this may aggravate your condition.

  2. Wear the Correct Shoes for The Occasion. If you are doing a lot of sport then buy the right trainers and replace them regularly. If you are on your feet all day, then buy shoes with support, bounce and shock absorption.

  3. Use Insoles When Required. Feet can benefit from decent insoles, even in dress shoes to give them the support and softness needed.

  4. Ensure that Shoes Fit well. As adults our feet can change shape and size as we age so remember to get your feet measured regularly to ensure you are wearing the correct size shoe.

  5. Wash and Maintain your Feet. Simple enough but regularly check your toenails and feet, apply moisturiser as needed and keep the toenails trimmed.

Should you be experiencing any Foot Pain it is especially important to get it examined and diagnosed as quickly as possible. At Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy we encounter mechanical foot pain on a regular basis, so please don't hesitate to contact us as needed.


For any queries please do contact us at the practice on 0208 977 6396.
Best wishes


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