The foot is a complex structure. There are several areas where foot pain can develop, including the toes, heels, soles, and arches. Pain can negatively affect the overall body and can cause difficulty in completing daily activities. A common cause of foot pain can be from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, frequently wearing high heels, or increasing speed and intensity too quickly while running. There may be existing medical conditions that can lead to foot pain. These include arthritis, foot ulcers, or clogged arteries in the legs and feet. Many pregnant women may have foot pain from the added weight of the fetus and thickened blood during pregnancy. Having an ingrown toenail is a common source of foot pain, in addition to having a bunion, hammertoe, or athlete’s foot. Mild relief may come from elevating the feet as often as possible, and using foot pads on the affected area may temporarily feel good. If you have any type of foot pain, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat your condition.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Northwest Chicago, Southwest Chicago, and Wicker Park, Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.