Why Do My Feet Ache?
That’s a big question! There’s no one universal cause of aching feet. As a matter of fact, there are dozens of potential conditions, ranging from muscle aches and swollen tendons to hairline bone fractures, pinched nerves, arthritis joints, and more.
Still, there are a few common factors that are present in a lot of different conditions—either as primary causes, or as catalysts that take an underlying cause (for example, a structural deformity in your foot bones) and makes them worse. Probably the two biggest ones are:
- Overuse. Your feet are supposed to last a lifetime, but they also weren’t originally meant to walk on the hard, flat, artificial surfaces of the modern world! Jobs or hobbies that keep you on your feet all day are frequently associated with foot pain. Playing a lot of high-impact sports (running, basketball, tennis, etc.) is another common trigger.
- Bad shoes. Fun and fashionable don’t always mean practical. Every foot is different, which not only means you need the right size, but also the right cushioning, support, and balance in an everyday pair of footwear. Styles like high heels, hard-backed pumps, flats and flip-flops usually aren’t recommended for more than a short period of time. Your everyday casual shoes should be comfy with a slightly elevated heel and good support. A good pair of insoles or custom orthotics may be necessary as well for some feet.