3 Surprising Reasons Your Feet Hurt

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At Texas Foot Specialists, patients will sometimes come to us complaining of foot pain for which they can’t seem to track down the cause. Making an appointment to see one of our podiatrists, Dr. Gregory Mangum or Dr. Bruce Miller, is the right call if you are experiencing foot pain. The foot doctor will examine your feet and ankles, take a complete medical history and also ask questions about your lifestyle, work and current activities. Sometimes the reason behind the pain will come as a surprise to the patient. Below are 3 causes you may not have thought of:

  1. You hurt your knee, or hip or back. How does that cause foot pain? When any part of the lower half of your body is injured, your body goes into self-protection mode, which may mean you begin to alter your gait to protect the hurt part of your lower extremities. In the long run, however, this can cause your feet to hurt because you’re walking in an unnatural way. 
  2. You’re experiencing upward creep on the scale. It may only be a few pounds, hardly enough to even make a difference in how your clothes fit, but it can have a significant impact on your feet. When you walk, your feet absorb the shock of 2 to 3 times your body weight and if you run it can be up to 5 times—do the math and you will see how even a couple of pounds can put the hurt on your feet.
  3. You wear your favorite pair of sneakers for everything. It really is true that sports shoes are designed to accommodate the movements required by a specific sport or fitness activity. If you’re wearing the same shoes for hiking that you wear for tennis, one of those activities is going to result in foot pain. In addition, if you wear one pair of shoes that frequently, you should check for wear. Once a shoe loses its shape and arch support, your foot may find formerly comfy sneakers painful to wear.

Of course, there are many foot disorders as well that may not be easy to self-diagnose that could be causing you pain. Don’t wait! Contact our Houston (713) 664-6677, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Pasadena (281) 991-0600 office today.