Foot pain is a common complaint that can have various origins, making it necessary to pinpoint the underlying cause for effective treatment. One common culprit is overuse or strain, often seen in athletes or individuals who spend long hours on their feet. Arthritis, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can trigger pain by causing inflammation and joint damage in the feet. Footwear plays a significant role and wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels can lead to pain and discomfort. Additionally, flat feet or high arches can cause biomechanical imbalances, leading to pain. Infections, such as athlete's foot or fungal nail infections, can be a source of discomfort. Nerve issues consisting of neuropathy, can also manifest as foot pain. Trauma or injuries, like sprains, fractures, or torn ligaments, require immediate attention. Diabetes related complications can contribute to nerve and circulation problems leading to chronic foot pain. Identifying the specific cause of foot pain is essential for targeted treatment and relief. If you have any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer you correct treatment methods.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Best Foot Forward. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Edwardsville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.