Foot pain is quite common
The feet are made up of 26 bones supported by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. All are susceptible to injury and can cause pain. Foot pain can be the first sign of medical conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and other nerve or circulatory disorders. Pain in your feet can be debilitating, and many foot problems are due to neglect or a lack of awareness or resources for proper care. Foot pain is quite common, as almost three-fourths of the American population will experience some type of foot pain at some point in their lives. Foot pain often responds well to rest and other at-home treatments, such as ice or heat therapy and over-the-counter pain relievers. Proper foot care can prevent many sources of foot pain.
Pain in the foot may feel like a dull, throbbing ache or sharp, stinging sensation. Fractures, strains, and breaks in some parts of your foot are typically immediate, sharp shooting pain and often are accompanied by swelling or bruising. Some may experience numbness, tenderness, or swelling in their feet depending on the cause of foot pain. Foot pain may impair your ability to walk, run, exercise, and stand for long periods or eliminate your ability to complete your daily routine.
Rest can help treat most types of foot pain, but treatment can vary depending on the cause of your foot pain.
Some other treatment options include:
There are several ways to prevent the development of some types of foot pain, such as:
Knowing when to see a doctor for foot pain is imperative, as many sources of foot pain can be treated at home. If your foot pain is sudden and severe, due to a recent injury or suspected injury, or accompanied by an infection or open wound, visit the nearest medical facility to discuss treatment options.
For non-medical emergencies, track the severity, duration, and frequency of your foot pain before visiting a doctor. Ask your family members if there is a history of auto-immune disorders, such as arthritis, related disorders, and diabetes. Your doctor will ask about these and your medical history. Your doctor will also conduct a physical examination to observe your posture and walking gait.
When you visit The Pain Experts of Arizona in Phoenix foot pain assessment will begin with looking at your feet for any signs of infection, fractures, or other causes of foot pain, such as corns, warts, bunions, and calluses. Your doctor may order diagnostic tests such as:
Depending on the cause or suspected cause of your foot pain, your medical professional may refer you to a specialist, such as a podiatrist or a rheumatologist, for further diagnostic testing and treatment.
Foot pain is categorized by the location of your foot pain.
There are many causes of foot pain, but these are some of the most common causes:
Foot pain is four times more likely to affect women than men. High heels and unsupportive shoes typically worn by women are the main reason for this.
The Pain Experts of Arizona was founded to bring the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art setting that emphasizes the belief of treating our patients with the same respect, compassion, and dedication we would treat our own friends and family.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.