Posts for: April, 2020
As an adult, your foot pressure is around 2.5lbs per square inch. That means your feet take a beating, especially if you run, walk, or stand on your feet all day. There are also 26 bones in your feet, which makes them vulnerable to injury. Foot pain can have several causes including poorly fitting shoes, injury, and health conditions such as diabetes.
Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and his partner, Dr. Brian K. Burgan, are board-certified podiatrists at Associates at Foot and Ankle Care Inc, located in Chattanooga. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of foot pain.
The Most Common Causes of Foot Pain
Here’s a rundown on some of the most common causes of pain in your feet.
- Achilles tendinitis: The Achilles tendon joins the lower calf muscles to the heel bone. With overuse, it can become inflamed and painful. This condition is common in runners and middle-aged people who are not active periodically.
- Bunions: A bunion is a firm swelling on the base of the big toe. It occurs when the bones in that area of your foot move out of place, causing your big toe to be pulled out of alignment. It can cause soreness and stiffness in your foot.
- Bone spurs: A bone spur is a small bony projection that develops on the back of your heel. The most common cause of bone spurs is osteoarthritis, which can cause damage to your joints. This condition can cause pain when you walk or stand.
- Bursitis: Heel bursitis occurs when the small sacs of fluid that cushion your joints become inflamed. This condition can cause pain on the top of your foot and around your heel.
- Hammertoe: Hammertoe can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, injury to your foot, or a deformity in the structure of your foot. It develops when the ligaments, tendons, or muscles that keep your toes in alignment become unbalanced drawing the middle joint of the affected toe upwards.
- Plantar fasciitis: The plantar fascia is the strip of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. When this tissue is overstretched, it can become inflamed and swollen. This condition causes stabbing pain in the heel that is usually worse in the morning or when you stand from sitting.
Don’t let foot pain get you down—visit one of our Chattanooga podiatrists. They will be able to diagnose the cause of the pain and help you deal with it.
If you are suffering from foot pain and you live in or around Chattanooga, TN, call Dr. Bizzoco or Dr. Burgan today at (423) 855-0728.