Everyone has experienced occasional aching feet, but certain types of foot pain require prompt medical attention. Working with a podiatry specialist like Martin Sloan, MS, DPM, and the team at Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle in Abilene – near Dyess Air Force Base – or Rockwall, Texas, is the best way to determine the cause of foot pain and create a targeted plan for relief. Call the office nearest you to schedule an appointment, or book online today.
Your feet are complex structures comprised of many different bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. If an issue arises with any one of these components, foot pain can quickly follow.
Although a relatively small part of your body, your feet perform an essential role in your mobility. They are subjected to a wide range of strains throughout each day and literally carry the weight of your entire body. It should come as no surprise that foot pain is such a common complaint.
Some of the issues that can lead to foot pain include:
This is far from a comprehensive list. There are a multitude of factors that can lead to significant foot pain.
A fracture is an injury to your bone tissue. A fracture can be a tiny crack in your bone or a break so traumatic that the ends of the bone pierce the surface of your skin.
A foot fracture can occur during a traumatic injury like a car crash or during athletic activity. You can even fracture your foot by dropping an item on it or simply stepping off a curb or step.
Treating a foot fracture begins by assessing the degree of damage. Some minor fractures will heal without any intervention and simply need a period of rest. In other cases, you might need a cast or a special boot to immobilize your foot to facilitate healing.
Serious fractures often require surgical repair. Dr. Sloan may need to use implanted screws, plates, or rods to hold the damaged bones in place until your body fuses the bone tissue back together.
Heel pain is a common complaint and can make it hard to go through your normal daily routines. Some of the common causes of heel pain include:
In some cases, a program of gentle stretching is enough to reverse heel pain. Lifestyle changes like avoiding going barefoot and altering your exercise preferences can help, as well. Depending on the cause of your pain, medications, splinting, orthotic devices, and surgical intervention might be the right treatment path.
Learn more about how to address foot pain during your personalized consultation at Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Call the nearest office to request an appointment or book online today.