Cleats should always be broken in prior to wearing in a competitive environment. A game is not the best time to try a new pair of cleats. If you have any pre-existing ankle conditions, speak to a podiatrist before wearing cleats. Children should not wear used cleats. Most foot pain issues can be treated with self-care at home. Keep weight off the foot as often as possible. Use an ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day and a compression bandage during the day to reduce swelling. Also keep the foot elevated to reduce swelling. Cover blisters with bandages to prevent infection and irritation. Morning foot pain can also develop if you spend long hours standing on your feet. If your work requires you to stand for long periods on a flat surface, then there is a good chance that you may experience episodes of heel pain. However, desk bound office workers are also equally prone to plantar faciitis. If you sit all day and you live a sedentary lifestyle, the muscles on your calf and heels could become less flexible and tight. The lack of physical activity may lead to the stiffening of the tissues of the feet. So when you subject these tissues to pressure, they might get easily inflamed. Itis" normally relates to the inflaming of a definite part of the body, so Bursitis refers to the sustained irritation of the natural cushion that holds the heel of the foot or the bursa. Plantar bursitis is oftentimes linked with Plantar Fasciitis which affects the arch and heel of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the tissues associated to the heel bone, anticipated to radical pulls and stretches of the fibrous bands that support the arch of the foot. Prolongation of this irritation can lead to heel pain, arch pain or a bony growth on the bottom of the heel bone called a "heel spur". One challenge that people dealing with pain in their feet often to face is that there are a variety of doctors who seem to have different opinions about what is causing the discomfort or pain. From a regular MD to foot specialists to chiropractors and back specialists, there seem to be different explanations for why feet become painful. Additionally, according to podiatrists feet heal more slowly than other body parts, as they do not receive the blood flow more prominent areas do. Usually, however, with the proper diagnosis and care, one can heal foot pain and move with agility again. The plantar fascia supports the bones of the heels and keeps the arch of the heel. The heel stimulates is a bony projection that leads away from the plantar fascia into the surrounding tissues of the body. More commonly than not, heel stimulates and plantar fasciitis together trigger sharp discomfort in the foot The serious foot pain experienced by you, when you put your weight on your foot , while taking first action, is since of the heel spur poking into the surrounding living mass of tissues, nerves, tendons and muscles. Your physician may recommend you to take an X-ray of the feet to spot the heel stimulate. First, you need to know your foot biomechanics. That's how your feet work. Knowing the biomechanics of your feet will help you better understand what type of running shoe is right for you. Running shoe styles are more than just fancy esthetics, each model of shoe within each brand is built for specific foot types. A visit to your local podiatrist is a great start for a complete foot evaluation. If time doesn't permit a full biomechanical exam, call your local running store and make sure their best "shoe guy" is working when you are planning to go shopping. If you take a closer look at your shoes and you notice that along the upper part of the shoe you've got a choice of outer and inner eyelets through which the laces wind, what you may really be looking at is money in the bank, honey. By properly exploiting the layout of your shoelace eyelets, you could potentially save yourself the cost of visiting your family doctor. And if your family doctor is incapable of properly diagnosing your foot pain, you could be saving yourself the cost of a visit to a foot specialist. I believe they are known as podiatrists. Or foot fetishists. You choose. In the actions of running and walking the body weight is transferred forwards from the rear foot to the forefoot and the first two metatarsal heads receive the majority of the force. Up to 275% of the weight of the body can be applied to the metatarsals in running, with an estimated load of over a hundred tons per foot on running a mile. The main loaded areas during fast moving and running is the forefoot. The small digital nerves running to the toes can develop inflammation, called neuritis, secondary to the biomechanical loads applied to the foot , resulting in foot pain , pins and needles and numbness. So marketers have developed middle ground. They have produced the minimalist running shoe, which proposes to allow the runner just enough protection from the pavement while still allowing the foot to move through the natural gait acheived in barefoot running. The trend toward this new style of running is undeniable. Minimalist shoes represent up to 20% of sales in runner specialty stores nationwide, (as reported by Footwear News), with some geographic areas approaching 50%. Is this increased demand for less cushion between foot and ground merely a marketing ploy or is there some merit to it? Do they provide added benefits or increased risks?