There are thousands of people in the Chapel Hill area that suffer with foot pain. The doctors at Leigh Brain & Spine are here to help you overcome this painful problem.
The foot is comprised of 33 joints and 26 bones layered with a web of 126 muscles, nerves, and ligaments. On average, a person will be on their feet for four hours per day and takes somewhere in the ballpark of 8,000 – 10,000 steps every day. While a foot is small compared to the rest of the human body it plays a very important role in proper movement and body control. In addition to supporting weight, the foot acts as a shock absorber and as a lever to propel the leg forward, and it serves to balance and adjust the body to uneven surfaces. It is estimated that 75% of Americans experience foot pain at some point in their lives.
What Causes Foot Pain?
Foot pain is defined by the site of origin: the toes; the front of the foot or back of the foot. Toe problems most often occur because shoes don’t properly fit. Pain originating in the front of the foot usually involves the five long bones that extend from the front of the arch to the bones in the toe, known as the metatarsal bones and the two small bones imbedded at the top of the first metatarsal bone, which connects to the big toe, known as the sesamoid bones. Pain coming from the back of the foot can affect parts of the foot extending from the heel, across the sole to the ball of the foot. Pain can be caused by a variety of reasons within the foot such as damage or irritation to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments and from misalignment of the spinal nerves feeding the foot. Dr. Cosmas Leigh at Leigh Brain & Spine is highly skilled at assessing the cause of pain and then determining the most efficient course of action to alleviate that pain. Call today