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Why Your Feet Hurt at the End of a Busy Day.

Posted on August 17, 2014 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

The foot is a sophisticated structure made of 26 bones forming two crossing arches of the foot. These bones are basically kept in place by their fit with each other and they are linked by ligaments, a fibrous tissue. There is also a lot of muscles internal and external, networking the foot and fat pads to help absorb impact.The foot in general is a complex mechanism!


To come to a general conclusion as to why your feet hurt at the end of a busy day would be a futile exercise. It would depend on various factors like what one does through during the day, whether standing or sitting is involved most of the time, is there any related medical condition etc. When, how and where the pain occurs could be clues to what may be causing the pain and why! Pain is an indicator that something could be wrong with the interaction of the internal structure or how the foot is reacting to external effects. It is important to know that biomechanical changes may prevent normal movement and can cause further injury.


A general cause could be the result of biomechanical problems that occur when a person walks and is very active on their feet. As the feet stretch out during the day as you walk, the fascia (a tough tissue that along with muscles lends secondary support to the foot)at the bottom of the foot can become stretched, leading to some pain. One other common cause could be plantar warts, a virus that precisely infects the superficial layer of skin. The virus would have to be treated locally at the site of infection. Treatment for these conditions consists of medication, orthotic devices, stretching exercises or possible surgery, but then again it would be at the discretion of your physician.


One way of avoiding pain in the feet is to use footwear that suit your feet. Shoes can make your feet comfortable but won't correct problems. The most popular brand or the most expensive pair of shoes is not necessarily the best for your feet. You could buy shoes for specific activities. However, getting yourself a good pair of walking shoes that you are comfortable in would be the best option. Women’s dress shoes with high heels could definitely be avoided. Then again, you have activity specific shoes- you should not run a marathon in your tennis shoes nor should play long hours of tennis in your running shoes

Tips for healthy feet:

  • Always keep your feet clean and dry
  • Keep your toe nails trim and tidy
  • Examine your feet regularly for tell-tale problems
  • Avoid sharing your footwear
  • Protect your feet in public conveniences
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and are comfortable
  • Use and orthotic to improve your shoe fit and change your connection with the ground
  • If your feet hurt continually, see a podiatrist

So, if the “end of the day pain” is a regular affair, it would be in your best interest to consult your doctor or a podiatrist.

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