Questions to Ask About Foot and Ankle Pain

Before going to see your Boca Raton doctor regarding your foot pain, it’s a good idea to compile a list of questions you may want to ask. Having a list prepared will help you be better prepared for your appointment and ensure you do not forget to ask specific questions or concerns that you have. Here are some common questions and answers patients ask their doctors concerning their foot and ankle pain:

• Are painful feet common?

Foot pain is common, and there are several foot conditions that occur as one ages. For example, the natural padding on the foot diminishes as we age, which can lead to increased pain.

• Can painful feet be prevented?

Many foot conditions can be avoided by wearing shoes with the right kind of support and shock absorption. Over-the-counter cushioned insoles can also be used for additional shock-absorbing comfort.

• What can be done to relieve foot and ankle pain?

Under the guidance of a physical therapist, exercises can be done to minimize foot pain. Writing the alphabet in the air with your foot is a good way to stretch the foot and ankle.

• How long does it take for foot pain to disappear?

Depending on your foot and ankle condition, your doctor should be able to provide you with an expectation of when your foot and ankle will start feeling better, and when you can resume normal activities again.

• How can the pain of plantar fasciitis be relieved?

For mild to moderate cases of plantar fasciitis, you can ice your heel for 10 minutes several times a day. Performing stretches of your Achilles tendon will help to reduce pain in the plantar fascia. One simple stretch involves standing facing a wall with both palms on the wall. Keep your heels flat, and then gently lean forward by bending at the elbow until you feel a slight stretch in your Achilles tendon. Try to hold each stretch for 10 seconds; repeat 10 times per day.

• Do you advise custom orthotics?

Sometimes over-the-counter orthotics are all that is needed to reduce foot pain, but some conditions are best treated with custom orthotics.

• Do you recommend foot or ankle surgery?

Foot surgery has a high success rate, but long recovery period. Speak with you doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of foot or ankle surgery.