What is foot pain?

What is foot pain?

This is a discomfort in the foot caused by network intricate of bones, tendons, ligaments, as well as muscles. In addition, this often result when the body is not strong enough to withstand your body weight, thus making your foot to get injury and pain. 

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Foot pain can also affect many parts of your foot, from your toes to your Achilles tendon at the back of your heel. Although mild foot pain often responds well to home treatments at the same time, it needs time to resolve. However, severe foot pain need to be evaluated through a doctor, if it follows from an injury. 

What are the causes of foot pain?

Injury, overuse, or other conditions may cause inflammation and it involves any of the ligaments, bones, or even tendons can cause severe foot pain in the foot. Arthritis is also a common foot pain cause. Injury to the feet’s nerves may result in an intense burning pain, foot numbness or even tingling (peripheral neuropathy). 

The common foot pain causes of include:                       

· Achilles tendinitis 

· Avulsion fracture 

· Bone spurs

· Broken toe

· Complex regional pain syndrome 

· Diabetic neuropathy

· Achilles tendon rupture 

· Broken ankle/broken foot 

· Bunions

· Bursitis

· Corns and calluses 

· High heels or the poorly fitting shoes

· Hammertoe & mallet toe 

· Morton's neuroma 

· Paget's disease of bone 

· Peripheral neuropathy 

· Tarsal tunnel syndrome

· Rheumatoid arthritis 

· Osteomyelitis

· Flatfeet

· Gout

· Ingrown toenails 

· Metatarsalgia

· Osteoarthritis

· Stress fractures 

· Septic

· Plantar fasciitis 

· Plantar warts

· arthritis

· Tendinitis

· Tumors


When should you see a doctor? 

Even a mild foot pain can sometimes be quite debilitating in the beginning and it is very unsafe to try homemade remedies when you know that the pain may worsen. 

Seek an immediate medical attention when the following happens: 

· Have a severe pain or even swelling

· Have a wound that oozes pus

· Have severe signs of infection, like warmth, redness, and tenderness in those affected area

· Have a fever more than 100 F (37.8 C)

· You are not able to walk or even put weight on the foot

· Have diabetes or any wound that is not healing or red, deep, swollen or even warm to any touch.

Schedule an office visit when you:

· Have persistent swelling which does not improve after 2-5 days of homemade treatments

· Have a persistent pain that does not improve after many weeks

· Have burning pain, tingling or numbness particularly when it involves most or all bottom of the foot

It is important that you take precautions when looking for the best options that you can apply if you want to take care of your of foot pain. You should also avoid activities, which may aggravate foot pain, by putting ice on the foot for 15-20 minutes several times every day. Many Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also help with pain at the same time help you heal faster. You need to make sure that you exercise your feet well when you want blood to flow into your feet. This will enable you to ensure that your feet works properly.

In conclusion, the above tips should help you make take precautions on how to deal with foot pain.

Dr. Alan Shih
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