General Foot Pain
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The human foot is made up of 28 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles. Healthy feet are crucial to an active lifestyle. One of the most common foot problems is general foot pain which lasts longer than a few weeks or returns frequently. Overuse, injury or conditions causing inflammation of the bones, tendons or ligaments can give rise to general foot pain.
Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain where there is inflammation in the joints of your feet. It may be as a result of wear and tear over time such as osteoarthritis, or due to systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or gout. Injury to nerves of the foot due to accidents or improper bone alignment will inflame the nerve and give rise to intense burning pain and tingling in a condition called neuritis.
Other common causes of foot pain include;
Tendinitis – when inflammation or irritation occurs in a tendon (thick fibrous cord which attaches muscle to bone).
Deformities like flat feet and hammertoes.
Metatarsalgia – In this condition the ball of your foot becomes inflamed and painful.
Achilles tendinitis – Achilles tendon is the tissue that connects your calf muscle to the heel bone. When it is overused, inflammation can occur giving rise to pain.
Bunions and bursitis – Bunions are bony projections which occur at the base of your big toe. Bursitis is often a complication of a bunion, where a fluid filled sack around the joint can get inflamed and cause pain.
Corns and calluses – Thick, hardened layers of your skin which develop due to friction and pressure.
Plantar fasciitis – The inflammation of plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. It is a common cause of heel pain.
Bone spurs (Osteophytes) – Bony projections that develop along bone edges, which can cause pain.
Fractures in any of the bones in your feet or toes – Can occur due to trauma or stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in bone occurring because of overuse.
If you develop any kind of foot pain that worries you, our experts at Magdalena Blasko, DPM, Inc. are here to help.
How do podiatrists treat general foot pain?
As there are a variety of causes for general foot pain, finding the root cause helps us plan for the most effective form of pain relief. Our qualified team is experienced in diagnosing and treating all kinds of foot problems.
Diagnosis is made by taking a detailed history and a thorough physical examination of your feet. Imaging tests like X-Rays and MRIs will be helpful to diagnose the cause and the extent of involvement. Your podiatrist can identify fractures, bone spurs and soft tissue problems by imaging and functional testing. The best treatment options for you will be laid out once the diagnosis has been determined.
How are various kinds of general foot pain treated?
Resolution of the underlying issue is the goal of any course of treatment. For example, if the reason is arthritis, anti-inflammatory medication along with disease modifying drugs will be started depending on the type of your arthritis. Medication and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to you to reduce inflammation and pain with common prescriptions including Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil) and Naproxen (Aleve).
Steroid injections may be given for certain conditions such as Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. In some instances, amniotic fluid based injections are recommended to fight inflammation. Physical therapy is also a viable option in many instances.
Your podiatrist may suggest, as a long-term solution, orthotics, braces, special shoes or padding where necessary.
At Magdalena Blasko, DPM, Inc. our podiatrists utilize the latest techniques and technologies to treat your pain. This ensures that the most up to date treatment methodologies are employed to achieve optimum results for each and every patient. We also make sure that adequate information and education is given to you, so that you understand and can follow our treatment plan as closely as possible.
Call today or book an appointment online and we will be happy to see you back to your healthy self.