I am seeing an increased number of cases of painful feet in people under the age of 40.
Foot pain can be a tricky problem to treat, especially heel pain and pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick connective tissue which supports the arch of the foot. One of the probable causes is that our shoes nowadays offer less protection to the different parts of the foot.
Many of the modern inserts in our shoes, and some of the orthopaedic devices designed to support or correct the way we walk, instead of providing comfort, are rather hard and uncomfortable. This can mean our heels slipping around on the hard surface, resulting in a deep and long lasting pain around the base of the heel or along the sole of the foot. The more flimsy forms of flat shoes, for example pumps, in particular can cause these problems.
Recovery from and treatment of this very painful condition is complicated. It involves finding good quality lace up shoes with soft non slippy surfaces which can grip the heel to avoid irritation from it constantly moving.
Osteopathic treatment for this condition involves ultra sound, stretching and soft tissue support. Sometimes it is necessary to strap and tape the feet initially, when the foot is very sore.