Feel Light on Your Feet: Understanding and Relieving Foot Pain

The agony of foot pain can be challenging to describe, yet its impacts are all too real.

The simplest tasks transform into laborious feats. Long walks, playing with your children, or just standing up from your chair can become a source of dread.

It’s as if the joy has been drained from your daily life.

We know your struggle. We understand your pain at Coeur Physiotherapy, and we’re here to help.

What Causes Foot Pain?

Foot pain can stem from various causes, including injuries, overuse, or underlying health conditions. 

It could be due to improper footwear, an awkward step, or a long-standing condition like arthritis. Sometimes, it’s a result of strain from high-impact sports or simply the wear and tear from daily life. 

The key is to understand that foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored.

Couer Physiotherapy Edmonton Foot Pain
Couer Physiotherapy Edmonton Foot Pain

Symptoms of Foot Pain

Foot pain manifests itself in various ways. You might experience a dull ache or sharp, stabbing pain. It could be constant or intermittent, mild or severe.

Sometimes, it may be accompanied by swelling, redness, or stiffness in the foot.

You might also find it hard to walk, stand, or even wear your shoes.

These are all signs that you could benefit from professional help.

Common Types of Foot Pain

Plantar Fasciitis

This condition causes a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot, near the heel. It’s often most noticeable in the morning when taking your first steps.


This is pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot, often caused by high impact activities or ill-fitting shoes.


These are painful bumps that form on the joint at the base of your big toe, causing intense pain and difficulty in walking.

Achilles Tendinitis

This condition causes pain along the back of your leg near the heel due to inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

Morton's Neuroma

This painful condition affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes, causing a feeling like you’re standing on a pebble in your shoe.  Morton’s Neuroma can also cause numbness or tingling into your foot or toes.


This can cause pain and inflammation in any joint in your foot.

How to Treat Foot Pain

Foot pain treatment hinges on its cause. 

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) can help with most types of acute foot pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs can also provide temporary relief. 

However, for long-term resolution, physiotherapy can play a crucial role. A physiotherapist can provide tailored exercises, hands-on treatment, and advice to alleviate pain and prevent future occurrences.


Did you know?

Research from Ontario Society of Chiropodists reveals that 3 out of 4 Canadians will face some sort of foot trouble in their lifetime. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 of us end up dealing with at least one pesky foot problem each year. 


It’s clear that foot health is a big deal, and that’s where physiotherapy can make a world of difference!

Frequently Asked Questions

While foot pain is often due to minor injuries or strain, persistent or severe pain could indicate a more serious condition. Always consult a healthcare professional if you’re concerned.

The duration of foot pain varies depending on the cause. While minor injuries might heal in a few days or weeks, chronic conditions can last much longer and require professional treatment.

Absolutely. Physiotherapy is often very effective in treating foot pain. It helps to reduce inflammation, improve mobility, and strengthen the foot to prevent future pain.

There are various exercises that can help, depending on the cause of your foot pain. These can include stretches, strengthening exercises, balance work, and specific drills for your sport or work. . However, it’s best to consult a physiotherapist to get a personalized exercise plan.

Yes, wearing the wrong type of shoes, or shoes that don’t fit properly, can lead to foot pain or exacerbate existing issues.

Yes, foot pain can lead to balance issues, as it might alter the way you walk, leading to instability.

Your Next Steps

At Coeur Physiotherapy, we understand the debilitating impact foot pain can have on your quality of life. Our team of skilled physiotherapists is ready to help you understand the root cause of your pain and devise a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort and help you reclaim your life. 

Foot pain, while common, is not a condition to be taken lightly. It’s essential to understand the cause of your pain and take appropriate steps to treat it. 

Take the first step toward relief today. Book an appointment online or call us at 587-200-8992.

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