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Muscle And Joint

Joint pain can affect just one joint or many, and can be caused by arthritis, injury, overuse, or bursitis (an inflammation or irritation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts like a grease to reduce friction), and many different illnesses and conditions. Most commonly, osteoarthritis affects the knees, hips, spine and hands.

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Common Causes Of Foot Pain

The foot is made up of 26 bones and contains more than 30 joints. Multiply that by two and you have nearly 120 finely tuned parts that are almost constantly in motion.69,70 When our feet aren’t simply getting us from A to B, they are helping us to play sport or drive a car. In fact, our feet put in some serious leg work daily.

When you look at the foot more closely, you’ll see it’s divided into three distinct sections called the rearfoot, midfoot and forefoot. Many of the muscles that move the foot are in the lower leg and these particular muscles are attached via tendons to the various bones.

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Foot pain may be caused by different reasons, but it most commonly happens when people are participating in sports and in jobs that require a certain amount of physical activity.69,70

Another common cause of foot pain is wearing shoes that are too tight, while wearing high heels can occasionally lead to heel pain. These issues can cause targeted pain around the balls of the feet and the bones. It’s also important not to tie shoelaces too tightly as this may cause pain and bruising on the top of the foot.69,70

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A sprain of the foot or ankle occurs when ligaments that hold the bones together are overstretched and their fibers tear or stretch too far, causing pain in the ankle. The looseness of ligaments in these joints may also lead to foot pain.

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