Don't Ignore Your Foot Pain
Here are some of the top causes of foot pain that you shouldn’t leave untreated.
Everything from standing on our feet all day to running a marathon can leave us dealing with achy, sore feet. In most of these cases, we know where the pain is coming from and it will usually go away in the next day or two with some rest; however, it’s important to recognize when foot pain could actually be warning you of a more serious underlying problem that requires care from our Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan.
Don’t Push Through the Pain
We know that you’re tough, but there are certain types of pain that you shouldn’t just put up with. In fact, these common causes of foot pain will often get worse if they aren’t properly treated,
Bunions and Hammertoes
These are two of the most common foot deformities. Bunions often cause an enlargement of the big toe joint while hammertoes affect the middle joint of the smaller toes. These deformities are progressive, leading to significant pain, swelling and changes in the structure of your foot. If you notice toes curling downward or a bump on the outside of your big toe, then it’s time to see a podiatrist.
This inflammatory condition is often the cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes and runs along the soles of the feet. When the fascia becomes inflamed, often from overuse, this results in heel and sometimes arch pain; however, if you continue to exercise or perform certain activities and don’t give your foot ample time to rest, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic pain.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
This problem occurs when the ankle nerve, known as the posterior tibial nerve, has become compressed. This can occur as a result of an injury or damage to the nerve. Those with flat feet are also prone to tarsal tunnel syndrome; however, this isn’t a problem that you can treat on your own. To treat this form of foot pain, our Chattanooga, TN, foot doctors may recommend braces, custom orthotics, steroid injections or, in more severe cases, surgery.
If you start to notice swelling, redness or stiffness of the joints in your feet or ankles then you could be dealing with osteoarthritis. This condition causes the cartilage around the joints to breakdown. You may notice that your pain gets worse with exercise or activity. If you are experiencing any symptoms of arthritis such as joint pain, stiffness, swelling or redness, it’s important that you see a doctor right away. Medication can help to slow the progression of the disease.
If you are dealing with foot pain here in Chattanooga, TN, that is getting worse or isn’t responding to home care, then it’s time to consult the experts at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care for help. Call us today at (423) 855-0728.