Unfortunately, foot pain is relatively common. However, when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Your foot is a complex network of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It also is strong enough to hold your entire weight. Your foot’s complexity, along with how often it is used, leaves it prone to injury or pain. Below we’ll discuss the causes of foot discomfort, as well as treatment and prevention.
Overuse, injury or underlying medical conditions can contribute to foot pain. From arthritis to a nerve injury and everything in between, some common causes of this type of pain include:
- A broken foot or toe
- Bone spurs
- Flat feet
- Ruptured tendon
- Plantar warts or fasciitis
- Peripheral Neuropathy (nervous system injury)
- Ingrown Toenails
Your pain can be anything from a dull ache to a sharp pain or tingling sensation. For help determining the cause of your discomfort, talk to your doctor.
It can be difficult to determine the best time to see a doctor for help with your foot pain. Some discomfort can be solved at home, with rest and cold therapy. Forgo activities that force you to be on your feet, and apply a cold compress to your foot for 15 to 20 minutes multiple times per day. Additionally, if you need more help with your pain management, over the counter anti-inflammatory medication can help with healing.
However, if you are experiencing severe pain or swelling, have an open or pus-filled wound, are seeing signs of infection such as redness and warmth, if you have a fever, if you are diabetic and experiencing foot pain, or are unable to walk, seek assistance from a medical professional immediately. Less emergent symptoms, like persistent swelling, pain or burning, should warrant a visit to your doctor for help.
Foot Pain Relief at Minivasive Pain
At Minivasive Pain, our mission is to treat the causes of your foot discomfort with the highest standards of care and quality. Our experienced team of orthopedic physicians will help determine the underlying cause of your foot pain, and devise a treatment plan that’s right for you, so you can get back to the joys of life in no time. Plus, we have several locations throughout the Greater Houston Area for your convenience. To schedule an appointment, please call (346) 800-6001 now.
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