Posts for: November, 2017
Do you have persistent foot pain in Chattanooga, TN? Is it around the ball of your foot? Would you describe it as stabbing, burning or even as though you are stepping on a small stone? If these symptoms sound all too familiar, you may have a common foot complaint called metatarsalgia which affects the five metatarsal bones in your foot near the base of your toes. Dr. Brian Burgan and Dr. Dennis Bizzoco treat foot pain at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga. Foot pain does not have to rule your life. Get to the bottom of it and find some relief.
Where it originates
Foot pain comes from the literally tons of pressure your feet endure every day as you walk, run, stand and play sports. People of all ages and walks of life experience this kind of podiatric issue, but in particular, metatarsalgia occurs more often in people who:
- Are overweight
- Wear improperly fitting shoes (high heels put a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot)
- Have high arches, hammertoes or other deformities
- Suffer with arthritis and gout
- Are on their feet all day or play sports with repetitive bouncing and jumping, such as tennis
- Are middle-aged and older because the fat pad on the bottom of the foot gradually thins with age
Calluses from repetitive motion lead to this kind of foot pain. Traumatic injury to the foot does as well, says the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.
How your podiatrist can help
Your foot doctor will examine your feet, check your gait and possibly take X-rays. He specifically wants to see where your foot pain is located and if your have any obvious deformities such as hammertoes or bunions. Then, he'll offer treatment options aimed at preventing foot pain and treating it appropriately when it happens. Treatments include:
- Rest and elevation. Just get off your feet for a while, or if you're exercising or working too hard, back off a bit.
- Take over the counter analgesics such as ibuprofen as directed to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Change your shoes to something with low heels, good arch support and a wide toe box.
- Wear custom-made orthotics.
Specifically made to correct gait issues, such as overpronation, or to take undue pressure off certain areas of the foot, orthotics are constructed from materials that vary in density and rigidity. Worn consistently, they can improve the biomechanics of the foot and reduce chronic pain.
Come see us
At Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Burgan and Dr. Bizzoco want their patients to experience the best foot comfort and function possible. If metatarsalgia is compromising your quality of life, come to the office for a comprehensive podiatric exam. We'll work on that foot pain and get you feeling better. Call today: (423) 855-0728.