You depend on your feet to get through each and every day. Injury, overuse, and inflammatory conditions can cause foot pain, which can seriously interfere with your life. The expert podiatrists at FOOTDRx diagnose and treat chronic and acute foot pain, so you don’t have to live with it. For your convenience, FOOTDRx has an office in Englewood, New Jersey, and three New York City locations: in Midtown East, Union Square, and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Your feet carry you wherever you go and bear your body weight. They’re complex structures made of many different components, including bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves, which all work together. Problems with any of these components can cause foot pain, whether through injury, overuse, or an inflammatory condition.
Many foot injuries result directly from how often you use your feet. If you subject your feet to repetitive stress and pressure, whether through exercise or your job, the wear and tear may add up to a painful foot condition. If you don’t wear appropriate, properly fitting shoes, foot pain may be even worse.
Certain factors make you more prone to foot pain. For example, if you have flatfoot or high arches, you naturally put additional pressure on your feet, increasing the likelihood of injury.
Foot pain may result from an injury, including a sprain, fracture, or torn ligament. Your feet are a common site of sports injuries.
Other conditions that cause foot pain include:
Arthritis is a group of conditions that cause joint inflammation, including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
A bunion is a bony bump at the base of your big toe.
Hammertoe is a condition where your toe bends down at the middle joint instead of pointing forward.
Morton’s neuroma is a condition that affects the ball of your foot and makes you feel like you’re standing on a pebble or a bunched-up sock.
A common diabetes complication is nerve damage, also known as neuropathy, which can cause numbness or sharp, stabbing, or burning pain in your feet.
A common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes.
A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone. It’s distinct from other kinds of fractures in that it develops gradually from repeated pressure (or “stress”) on your foot, rather than a sudden injury.
Chronic foot pain sometimes indicates a more serious condition. However, many conditions that cause foot pain simply mean there’s an issue with the position or structure of your foot. These types of conditions are easier to correct the earlier you get treatment.
Your podiatrist at FOOTDRx creates a personalized treatment plan depending on what’s causing your foot pain. If you have an injury, such as a fracture or sprain, treatment may involve resting your foot and managing your pain through anti-inflammatory or steroid medication. Severe fractures or tears may require surgery.
If you have foot pain from a soft tissue condition, such as plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist usually takes a conservative approach. If conservative treatment doesn’t work, they may recommend Tenex®, a nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatment for chronic soft tissue pain.
Issues with the structure of your foot, such as bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas, often respond to a conservative approach, especially if you seek treatment in the early stages of the condition. This may include wearing comfortable, supportive footwear to relieve the pressure on your feet. If your condition is more advanced, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct it.
To get a diagnosis for foot pain, schedule an appointment at FOOTDRx online or over the phone.