Everyone has felt the sharp pain of a stubbed toe, the twinge of a pulled muscle, or the throbbing of a bad headache- but do you know why? The pain response we take for granted is actually a sophisticated and instantaneous chain reaction.
Pain happens for one simple reason: to protect you. If your brain registers pain, you typically stop doing what caused it. It goes back to the “fight or flight” instinct. Pain is your body’s warning system that tells your brain something’s wrong. It’s part of your body’s safety net that protects it in times of injury, illness, and trauma. Sometimes people ignore the pain and further damage can occur.
Nobody likes feeling pain; pain is what grabs your attention so you can take immediate care of your body. The sensation of pain feels differently in various parts of your body because your nerve cells are specific to each area, and there are particular reactions involved in sending pain signals to the brain.
When we feel pain, we pay attention to our bodies and can take steps to fix what hurts. If it didn’t hurt to walk on a broken foot, a person might keep using it and cause more damage. If your foot is really painful to walk on it, you’ll probably go to the doctor, who can treat the injured foot.
Doctors and other health professionals use a person’s pain as a clue in figuring out what is wrong. The first question you will probably be asked is: “how much pain do you have?” or “how much does it hurt 0 to 10?” Often a doctor or nurse will use a pain scale to keep track of your pain level. This will help your doctor or nurse know how much you hurt.
Think you might be suffering from foot pain? We can help. If you are located in the Monmouth/Ocean county area, make an appointment today at Affiliated and Foot and Ankle Center located in Howell NJ to have one of our foot and ankle specialists help care for your painful foot.