The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and many patients do not give their feet a second thought until they begin experiencing foot pain. There are many foot conditions that can gradually occur, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and bunions. These ailments can cause a considerable amount of pain, and walking may become difficult. A heel spur is defined as a bony growth that develops under the heel, and surgery may be considered for permanent removal. Plantar fasciitis is the result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the tendon that connects the heel to the toes. Severe pain and discomfort may come from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, and mild relief may be found when specific stretches are performed. A hard, bony growth that forms on the side of the big toe can be referred to as a bunion, and it can cause pain while wearing shoes. A podiatrist can effectively diagnose and treat conditions that cause foot pain.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.