Aching Feet: Causes & Remedy

    Aching Feet: Causes & Remedy

    02 Apr 2020

    Overdone walking or running, or just spent too much time on your feet lately? Most people will experience achy feet at some point, which not only affects how you move, but can also affect your mood and can lead to more serious foot issues further down the line. 

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    Is there a solution to tired and aching feet?

    Overdone the walking or running? Or have you just been spending too much time on your feet lately? Tired, aching legs or feet can affect anyone. However, it’s more likely to occur in people with flat or high-arched feet.

    Suffering from tired feet not only affects how you move and your quality of life but can also alter your mood and even lead to more serious foot issues further down the line.

    What causes feet to feel tired?

    Some people are genetically predisposed to tired feet. Those with flat feet and high arches are more likely to suffer with tired feet.2 Flat feet are often inherited from parents, where the arch doesn’t form properly in young age. 3 Sore heels often develop from the overuse or over stretching of the plantar fascia ligament that runs from the heel to the toes.4

    Lifestyle factors and other medical conditions can also impact tired feet. Contributing factors include:1

    • Poorly fitting footwear
    • Being overweight
    • Being middle-aged, older or having other medical conditions
    • Playing sports.

    Top tips for avoiding and managing tired feet

    You can ease the discomfort of flat feet and high arches by:1

    • Wearing well-fitting, supportive shoes
    • Adding tailor-made insoles to your shoes for support and cushioning
    • Losing weight if you’re overweight

    Simple exercises to help

    Performing regular, gentle stretches and plantar fascia stretches can also offer some temporary relief.1 Circle the ankles, grabbing feet with both hands and bending the heel out. Standing on a step, dip and lift heels over the edge.1

    Source references

    1 Healthline. Tired legs. Accessed November 2019. https://www.healthline.com/health/tired-legs

    2 Very well health. High arched feet causes, diagnosis, and treatment. Accessed November 2019. https://www.verywellhealth.com/high-arched-feet-1337684

    3 Patient info. Plantar Fasciitis. Accessed November 2019. https://patient.info/doctor/plantar-fasciitis-pro

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