What Causes Foot Pain?

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Foot Pain Q & A

Foot Pain Q & A

Feet carry us, they hold us up and take us to where we need to be. Foot pain can prevent us from completing tasks and carrying out our day-to-day duties or even keep us awake at night. This discomfort or pain can start to interfere in your quality of life. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing foot pain, but how do you know what to do in these cases? If your feet are hindering rather than helping and you’re worried there may be something wrong with your feet, visit Dr. Magdalena Blasko, DPM, and her qualified medical team in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Blasko is a foot pain specialist who has been serving the San Francisco area for over 15 years. Receive a full range of podiatry services, from orthotics to anti-aging treatments, from foot injuries to ankle issues, and walk out of our clinic feeling happy and healed.

What are the causes of foot pain?

There are many conditions and issues that contribute to foot pain, and what it is, depends on what part of the foot is bothering you the most.

Heel pain can be due to:

• Plantar fasciitis: inflammation in the ligaments that connect the heel to the toes
• Heel spurs: growths of bones on the bottom of the heel
• Stone bruise: bruise deep in the heel or ball of the foot
• Heel fracture: a break or a shattered heel bone

Soreness and pain in the ball of the foot can be due to:

• Metatarsalgia: inflammation in the ball of the foot. Sometimes confused with a stone bruise
• Morton’s neuroma: a thickening of the tissue around the nerves below the toes
• Sesamoiditis: Inflammation of the sesamoid tendons and a form of tendinitis

Some common causes of arch pain may be due to:

• Fallen arches: also known as flat feet, and happens when the feet flatten out while standing or walking
• Plantar fasciitis: can affect the arches as well as the heels

There are many conditions that can contribute to toe pain, including:

• Ingrown toenail: overgrowth of the skin on either side of the toenail
• Hammertoe: when the second, third, or fourth toe bends in the middle
• Claw toe: when the toe is unable to straighten and instead points up or down
• Turn toe: an injury to the base of the big toe that causes pain
• Toe fracture: or broken bone caused by injury
• Corns or calluses: both are thick build-ups of skin, however, corns can cause irritation or pressure
• Bunions: a boney bulge at the base of the big toes
• Gout: a form of arthritis that causes pain in the toes

If you experience foot pain that is not localized in one area but instead radiates around your foot, it may be due to:

• Neuropathy: nerve damage often associated with diabetes
• Tendinitis: inflammation or irritation of the tendons in the foot

Foot pain can also be caused by Osteoarthritis, a disease that causes the breakdown of the bones, Osteomyelitis, a bone infection, Paget’s disease, stress fractures, septic arthritis, Plantar warts, Haglund’s deformity, among many others.

When should I consult a doctor about my feet?

If you know the cause of your foot pain (for instance, many athletes experience pain from overuse or strain or mild injury), then you may be able to treat it easily enough at home if you treat it fast enough, such as with rest and cold therapy. Put your foot up and apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes throughout the day. You can use over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, to manage pain and increase healing.

If you are experiencing sudden pain or you are not sure why you are experiencing foot pain, then it is best to see a doctor rather than attempt to treat it at home. Because there are so many conditions that can impact your feet, it is especially important to see a qualified podiatrist.

If you are experiencing severe pain or swelling, have an open wound, a wound that won’t heal, or a wound that is showing signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, and tenderness, or if you have a fever over 100°F, if you can’t put weight on your foot, or have diabetes, seek medical attention immediately.

If you have swelling that hasn’t improved after three to five days of rest, have a persistent pain that doesn’t improve, and a burning or tingling in the bottom of your feet, visit a qualified podiatrist, like Dr. Blasko and her team of medical professionals in San Francisco, CA.

At Dr. Blasko’s Podiatry Clinic, we treat a number of common foot problems and provide a variety of podiatric services. If you are experiencing foot pain and you need help discovering what is causing it, then call San Francisco’s “Podiatrist of the Year” and schedule your appointment today!

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