Foot pain is widespread – if you’re active on your feet, you’ve probably felt it. Many people experience discomfort in the heel, under the foot or in their toes. An ongoing condition, an injury, or the way our feet align may be to blame. Foot injuries from running on hard surfaces without proper support are common.
Foot pain doesn’t start and end with our feet, however. Problems with our feet and choice of footwear can affect the functioning of other body parts like the hips, knees and lower back. People who put excessive stress on their feet – for example those who work standing for many hours a day – may feel related back pain.
Ask yourself whether the pain you experience in your back, knees or hips could be connected to the functioning of your feet.