Foot pain refers to the discomfort that is felt anywhere on the foot, including the arch, heel, toes, and sole. It can even spread to the ankles. The most common causes of foot pain are injuries. However, foot pain can be caused by a number of conditions, and when it develops it is often difficult to get rid of without proper treatment.
There are a number of lifestyle factors that will increase your risk of developing foot pain, such as wearing improper footwear, being overweight, and standing for exceptionally long periods of time.
Other common causes of foot pain include:
- Fallen arches
Of course, missing from this list is one of the most common reasons people experience foot pain: injury. Fractures, sprains and muscle tears can lead to long-term debilitation and pain throughout the foot and ankle.
If you have heel pain, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Bone spurs, tendinitis, and bursitis of the heel are also culprits leading to sore feet. Sore feet can even be related to aging. Arthritis and gout, the latter which is a red, swollen tender condition commonly found to affect the big toe, are frequent sources of foot pain as we age.
Treatment Options for Foot Pain
Some foot conditions can be relieved with diligent home care. Ice often relieves pain and swelling, especially after an activity. Elevating a painful foot also helps relieve swelling and pain.
Foot pads can help relieve the pain of calluses and can prevent them too. Over-the-counter medications may be effective against plantar warts. For heel pain related to plantar fasciitis, try foot stretches and shoe inserts. However, some foot injuries, such as a stress fracture, simply require rest, reduced activity, and removal of pressure until the fracture is healed.
In instances where you have sudden, severe, or prolonged foot pain, seek medical treatment from your Boca Raton or Palm Beach podiatrist. If you have a sore or foot ulcer that isn’t healing or have a fever, you should also seek medical attention. Finally, if you have joint redness or swelling, bleeding or cannot bear weight on your foot, it’s best to see your doctor.