What is foot pain?
Foot pain is discomfort in any of the numerous bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your foot. It might appear as dull, aching pain or severe discomfort. Symptoms include redness, swelling, bruising, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and inability to bear weight on your foot. You might also experience numbness, burning, or tingling.
What causes foot pain?
Numerous injuries and diseases can lead to foot pain. Examples include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bunions, calluses, or corns
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Bone spurs
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Flat Feet
- Hammertoe or mallet toe
- Plantar fasciitis
Ill-fitting footwear, hallux rigidus, tumors, ingrown toenails, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and ankle problems can also cause foot pain. Visit Western Orthopaedics, P.C., if you experience severe or long-lasting discomfort.
How is foot pain diagnosed?
To diagnose the cause of foot pain, your orthopaedic specialist examines your foot and reviews your symptoms and medical history. They might recommend blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to find the root cause of foot discomfort and create a treatment plan.
How is foot pain treated?
Your foot pain treatment depends on the type and severity of your injury. The experts at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., might recommend:
Wearing a cast or brace, applying ice or heat to your foot, and resting it can accelerate healing after an injury.
Taking anti-inflammatory medicine helps reduce swelling and pain associated with an injury. Your provider might combine medication with additional foot pain treatments.
Fracture care available at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., includes casting, bracing, traction, external fixation, and minimally invasive surgery.
Radiofrequency ablation is a noninvasive foot pain treatment with no downtime. During the procedure, your provider applies radiofrequency energy to your foot to help block pain signals to your brain.
Your orthopaedic specialist may recommend injections, such as steroids, hyaluronic acid, pain-relieving, or regenerative medicine injections to reduce pain and optimize healing. They offer stem cells, exosomes, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
Your physical therapist helps you strengthen and stretch tissues in your foot to minimize pain, accelerate healing, and prevent re-injury.
While used as a last resort, foot surgery can restore the structure and function of your foot after a severe injury if conservative treatments haven’t worked.
Don’t live with foot discomfort that diminishes your mobility and quality of life. Request an appointment at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., by phone or online to find out which foot pain treatment is right for you.
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