09 May Suffer from Chronic Foot Pain?
Chronic Foot Pain
Aching feet are no fun. It’s important to find out what’s causing your foot pain, because many conditions have similar symptoms. At Shuman Podiatry, we can give you an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment to ease your foot pain.
Diabetes: Diabetes can lead to peripheral neuropathy, which causes numbness, tingling or a burning sensation in your toes. Peripheral neuropathy is a serious symptom but, like other diabetic complications, it can be managed with the right treatments. At Shuman Podiatry, we use biopsies, MRI scans and other diagnostic techniques to determine if neuropathy is the cause of your foot pain.
Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis begins as a nagging pain that becomes excruciating if it’s left untreated. Eventually, the pain could cripple you and prevent you from walking. There is no cure for arthritis of the foot or ankle, but a podiatrist can prescribe medications, physical therapy and custom orthotics to ease the pain.
The human foot contains 24 bones, all connected by ligaments. When one of them is injured, several serious conditions can result.
Plantar Fasciitis: The plantar fascia connects the ball of the foot to the heel. Overuse, excess weight or injury can cause it to stretch out and weaken. Once it does, you’ll feel intense pain in the bottom of your foot.
Achilles Tendonitis: The Achilles tendon connects your lower leg to your heel. Like the plantar fascia, it can become torn or stretched and this can result in sharp pain along your foot and calf. Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain.
Adductor and Abductor Hallucis: These are two muscles that run along the bottom and top of the arch. Having flat feet, or wearing shoes without proper arch support, can strain these muscles, leading to pain in the arch area. At Shuman Podiatry, we treat this condition with custom orthotics and other prescriptions.
Treating Ligament Injuries: These and other overuse injuries can mimic each other’s symptoms, so the correct diagnosis is important. In most cases, if you catch the injury in time, you can avoid serious, permanent problems.
Foot Pain Solutions
Dr. Shuman will prescribe a treatment regiment that will probably include:
- Staying off the injured foot until it heals.
- Anti-inflammatory and pain medications.
- Custom orthotics to promote healing and ease pain.
- Regular stretching exercises.
The Shoes You Choose
Ask your podiatrist to help you choose shoes that are supportive and foot-friendly. Wearing shoes that lack support or don’t fit properly can lead to many painful foot conditions including:
- Corns and calluses.
- Heel spurs.
- Stone bruises.
Treating Foot Pain at Home
Only a podiatrist can accurately diagnose the cause of foot pain. Over-the-counter remedies might give you temporary relief, but they will just mask the symptoms while your condition gets worse. Consult a foot care professional to get the help you need.
Preventing Foot Pain
- Wear shoes that are supportive and well-fitting.
- If you spend a lot of time on your feet, you need extra arch support.
- Rest your foot and call a podiatrist as soon as you experience any pain.
- Always stretch before and after exercise.
Walk Away from Foot Pain
Once you’ve had the right diagnosis, your local podiatrist Dr. Shuman can give you the treatment you need to get back on your feet and feel better than ever.
Never let foot pain slow you down or keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Call Shuman Podiatry today and walk away from foot pain.