Foot pain is a widespread issue affecting millions of Americans daily. It can hinder your ability to work, socialize, and function effectively. The most commonly reported complaints of foot pain are bunions, flat feet, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and plantar fasciitis. Bunions are characterized by a painful bump at the base of the big toe. Conservative approaches include wearing roomy shoes, using toe sleeves, and employing toe spacers. In severe cases, minimally invasive surgical options are available. Fallen arches, commonly known as flat feet, can cause chronic pain in the arch, ankle, and leg due to the loss of tendon elasticity. Hammertoes present as claw-like deformities in the toe joint, leading to discomfort, especially when the toe rubs against the shoe. Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows into the flesh surrounding it. This can cause extreme pain and can easily become infected, which requires prescribed antibiotic cream or possible nail removal. Plantar fasciitis is known for causing excessive heel pain from tears in the plantar fascia tissue that runs beneath the foot. Addressing foot pain is important for maintaining a high quality of life. Whether opting for conservative or surgical interventions, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific foot condition.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Nrup Tolat, DPM from Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.