October 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm #99
I have been suffering really badly with foot pain when riding recently (so much so that I have to keep on shuffling around annoying my horse quite a lot). I dont know whether it is because of my riding technique that has caused my sudden onset of foot pain or if it has been caused by something else (I do run quite a bit). I was wondering if there was anything I could wear to help stop my foot pain. The pain is worse if I ride first thing in the morning and feels as though my arches are on fire. One of my firends suggested I uy some arch support insoles will they work? I am also thinking about doing some stretches but there arent that many mucles in our feet I am skeptical about how benifical doing stretches would be.
Anyway would really like your suggestions! Thank you!October 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm #101
As random as this may sound, it may be worth getting your Vit.D levels checked. Do you get cramp in your feet or legs? My feet hurt like mad when my vit D was low and got better when my levels came back up and in fact I tend to use the foot pain as a barrometer of when my levels dip again.October 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm #102
Last year I was suffering from foot pain it was cured by a physio who I was referred to by occupational health as I had back issues. She used deep tissue pressure techniques which sorted the back and the foot. When I mentioned the foot she explained the tense muscles in the back were making me load the foot in a way that it produced a secondary problem. I nearly went down the orthotics route. Try a sports injury physio.October 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm #103
Thanks for your replies really appreciate it! I have been doing some research and I think I have plantar fasciitis by the looks of things. I think that Im going to trya pair of gel insoles like these ones at first
http://shoewawa.com/product/massaging-gel-insoles-2/ because the pain mainly arises when I apply my body weight on my foot when riding so gel should in theory spread this pressure more…
If they dont work I will go see a foot doctor or someone. I like the idea of checking my vitimin d levels.. does lack of vitimin d make your ligaments/tendons less able to cope under pressure? I always thought vitimin d was to do with bones.October 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm #104
I would agree with pakkasham, quite often these issues come from higher up. When my pelvis gets bad enough my feet set off eventually!
Personally as well as physio (which I need for other bits anyway) getting the ligaments working better really helped- I have mostly barefoot style shoes now.
The trouble with riding is that it does put the aggrevated area into constant stretch from having our heels down. I would also freeze a bottle of water and use that for rolling under the bottom of your foot after riding if you can/and evenings.October 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm #107
I use orthotics, the type with the rigid plastic arch support. Yes, Vit D is very importab=nt too, you can buy a Vit D test that is a prick test from the NHS on Amazon if your GP is not helpful.
You can use a frozen plastic bottle with water to roll in your instep, and also stretching by massaging the insoles with a ball (tennis size or smaller).
I also have supportive socks for when it is bad. The insoles are for all day every day, not just when riding. I found Cranio helped, but a friend was also helped with accupuncture. I did not find physio helped.
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