How the Form and Function of Your Feet Contribute to Your Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Brian Nagy on October 10, 2017

woman touching her feetYour feet support your body with every step you take. If you start to experience foot problems causing you pain on a regular basis, it can have a dramatic effect on your quality of life.

Foot pain can have many causes. Even though everyone's feet are structurally the same, the way they walk and carry their weight can differ immensely. This is why it's so important to see a doctor who specializes in caring for the feet and all of their unique attributes.

A podiatrist like Dr. Nagy has had additional training surrounding the complexities of the feet and the unique level of care that is required to help them remain healthy and strong. 

Your Feet Are Complex Structures

Each foot contains 26 separate and distinct bones. This doesn't include the three bones that make up the ankle. Together these bones, connective tissue, muscles, and fascia work together to allow you to walk, run, pivot, and jump.

Because of the way you carry your body weight, the pressure on the bones and other structures in the foot can cause things to shift or move into unnatural positions. These can include hammertoes, bunions, tendonitis, and arch pain.

When your feet are misaligned, due to injury, illness or excess weight, it can damage their delicate structure resulting in chronic ankle and foot pain. 

Proper Form and Function

The form of your foot includes several curves that allow your foot to function smoothly. Your arch helps to absorb the shock of the weight bearing down with each step and helps to move your body forward when you walk or run. If for any reason, the curves or arch of your foot decreases, it can place stress on other areas of the body, including the ankle, legs, hips, and lower back.

If your feet are injured, it will take time for them to heal. Many times we don't realize just how much our feet do for us until we don't have full use of them for a short period of time. In order to maintain proper form and function of your feet, you need to see a physician who specializes in the intricacies of their care.

Why a Podiatrist?

Podiatry is a specialized field of medicine that involves the care and treatment of the feet. Many podiatrists also specialize in sports medicine so they can treat athletes who receive injuries while participating in their chosen sport.

Dr. Nagy's unique training allows him to evaluate your feet according to your physical makeup. Not everyone is the same physically. Some are stronger in certain areas, while others may have weaknesses caused by prior injuries or poor health. He can identify these sensitive areas and create treatment plans that can effectively reduce the severity of your foot pain.

As a podiatrist, Dr. Nagy only treats the feet and ankles. He can focus directly on how the feet react to specific stressors caused by your weight, injuries, illnesses, or even the use of ill-fitting footwear, and then act accordingly when creating personalized treatment plans. 

Foot pain can be frustrating if you don't seek out the right type of treatment. If you've experienced an injury or have a health condition that is causing your feet to hurt or become swollen, schedule a consultation at Nagy Footcare.

Dr. Nagy is a board-certified New Hampshire podiatrist and focuses all of his attention on the proper care and treatment of your feet. He understands how your feet function and what are the most common problems many people face. He can evaluate your feet and identify many potential problems you may not realize existed.

Don't wait for your feet to start hurting! Take a proactive approach and schedule an appointment with Dr. Nagy today. 

At Nagy Footcare, our best day is the day you wake up with no foot pain.

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