I’m in Chronic Pain — Help!
You’re in pain, have been for several days if you’re being honest with yourself, but you don’t want to see a doctor just yet. You’ve tried various kinds of sports medicine and home remedies, but nothing seems to be working to get rid of that ache in your feet and lower back. And well… Perhaps you’re not as young and spry as you’d like to be. When the cold sets in, your bones start to ache. Lifting heavy objects doesn’t seem like such a good idea, especially since your hips ached for a week afterwards. So what can be done to help you get rid of that pain naturally?
Do Some Stretches
It may seem counterproductive to engage in some form of exercise when you’re in pain, but listen: your foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons and muscles helping you walk. You can relieve some of the pressure with some easy stretches for both your feet and your back. Just make sure that you don’t overdo it. The moment that the stretch doesn’t feel like a stretch and more like you pulled a muscle, it’s time to stop. And even if you’re not in pain, stretches can help prevent future pain.
I’ve Been Doing My Stretches, and I Still Hurt
Unfortunately, 75% of Americans will experience some severe foot pain at some point in our lives. Whether it’s do to a new line of work that requires lots of standing and moving around, or a sports injury, or something to do with our genetics, pain is a huge part of our lives. Women in particular are four times more likely to suffer more from foot pain than men, and this can be largely attributed to the wearing of high heels.
If your pain is a result of starting a new job, make sure you’re wearing good shoes with proper support. You also look into general orthopedics, as something as simple as inserts for your shoes can do wonders for your pain. If not, consult a specialist that is familiar with occupational medicine, as this person will tell you of the various ways you can alleviate your pain.
If your pain is a result of a sports injury, then the latest sports medicine and treatment will be your best bet. Consult a doctor before you do anything.
Nope, I’m Still in Pain and I’ve Tried All Those Things
Have you thought about surgery? And no, don’t freak out. For many people who suffer from chronic foot and back pain, this is one of their best options. An orthopedic surgeon can tell you whether surgery is required. From knee surgery, to treating hand and wrist conditions, to discussing the details of hip surgery, your surgeon will provide you with the knowledge you seek for alleviating your pain. Getting surgery is largely considered a part of sports medicine now, so everyone from athletes to the elderly are seeking help.