Your feet hurt when you walk and when you rest, too. What is causing your foot pain? Abingdon, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Block and Dr. Monica Cooney, know the causes of those tender extremities and deliver treatments that relieve discomfort and improve form and function. You can feel better and keep moving comfortably.
What causes foot pain?
Typically, three things cause foot pain:
- Overuse (standing too long on hard surfaces and the repeated actions of sports such as running)
- Deformity (causes by age, heredity, poorly fitting shoes and diabetes)
Contributing to foot pain are factors such as obesity, pregnancy, some prescription drugs, diabetes, stress fractures, and arthritis. Physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center say that 75 percent of American adults experience some sort of foot pain either in the forefoot near the toes or in the hindfoot near the heel.
Specific foot conditions
In their Abingdon office, Dr. Block and Dr. Cooney routinely see patients who have foot pain. They evaluate feet via visual inspection, hands-on examination, X-rays, other methods of imaging, and more. Also, they carefully listen to their patients' symptoms and concerns as these provide valuable clues about the nature of the podiatric condition.
Common ailments they see are:
- Metatarsalgia and sesamoiditis, inflammatory conditions of the bones of the forefoot
- Stone bruises
- Hammertoes, a deformity of the first toe joint
- Bunions, a bony deformity at the base of the big toe
- Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue between the heel and the toes
- Morton's neuroma, an inflammation and thickening of the nerve between the third and fourth toes
- Ingrown toenails
Treating your foot pain
Relieving foot pain and keeping it away often is as simple as changing your narrow high heeled shoes to lower heels with wider toe boxes. Women commonly suffer foot pain because they choose fashionable shoes over supportive and comfortable footwear.
Further, custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, often correct gait problems and pressure points which lead to pain in the feet and ankles. Podiatrists recommend stretching exercises and physical therapy for many inflammatory conditions, as well as anti-inflammatory medications. Surprisingly, foot surgery is a last resort for many common foot ailments.
Additionally, after sustaining an injury or just being on your feet a lot, use this curative protocol:
- Rest: get off your feet.
- Ice swollen, red, tender areas.
- Compress and support with an elastic bandage.
- Elevate your feet on a pillow above the level of the heart.
Plus, do not ignore any kind of foot pain. See your foot doctor right away, particularly if you are diabetic. He or she may advise additional therapies, depending on the nature of your foot problem.
We're only too happy to help you have pain-free and well-functioning feet. Contact our office today for premiere podiatric care in Abingdon, MD. Call (410) 569-0445.