If you have foot pain, you've probably had to make a few adjustments to your usual routine. When every step hurts, it may no longer be possible to run for exercise or even walk through the grocery store without needing to rest. Luckily, your Abingdon, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Block and Dr. Monica Cooney, offer effective therapies that will relieve your pain.
Foot pain causes and treatment
Common causes of foot pain include:
- Plantar Fasciitis: A long, band of tough connective tissue called the plantar fascia runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your toes to your heels. Inflammation in the fascia can cause pain in your heel that's worse first thing in the morning and when you stand or walk after a period of inactivity. If you have plantar fasciitis, your foot doctor may recommend that you wear splints at night to help elongate the fascia and calf muscles, participate in physical therapy, use pain medication or begin wearing orthotics in your shoes.
- Arthritis: Arthritis, both osteo and rheumatoid, can affect any part of your body, including your feet. If your pain is caused by arthritis, your doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory medication, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy and orthotics. Surgery may be an option if arthritis is severe.
- Bunions: Bunions, those bony bumps that form at the base of your foot, occur when the joint moves out of its normal position. Without treatment, your bunion will continue to get worse. Your foot doctor may recommend tape or orthotics to improve the position of your foot. If your bunion is large, painful and interferes with your daily activities, surgery may be the best option.
- Ingrown Toenails: An ingrown toenail may sound like a minor problem, but your toe may become infected if you don't receive treatment. After numbing your foot with a local anesthetic, your Abingdon foot doctor will remove the trapped portion of the nail. Antibiotics may also be prescribed if you have an infection.
- Aging: The layer of fat that cushions the bottoms of your feet begins to thin as you age, which can cause pain. Orthotics just may be the perfect solution for you. In addition to improving the position of your foot, they also offer extra cushioning that can relieve aches and pains.
Ease your foot pain with a visit to the podiatrist. Call your Abingdon, MD, podiatrists Drs. Michael Block and Monica Cooney, at (410) 569-0445 to schedule an appointment.