What the Source of Your Foot Pain Could Be

By PROVIDENCE FOOT HEALTH CENTER
April 09, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain  

Does this sound like you? Your feet hurt almost all the time, activity makes things worse, and you want to get to the bottom of it all. At foot painProvidence Foot Health Center in Washington D.C., your podiatrist, Dr. James Mintzer, provides excellent podiatric care. His careful hands-on examinations, gait analysis, and modern imaging provide treatment options which really work—read on to find out more!

 

Common sources of foot pain

Injury, structural problems, overuse, and diseases such as diabetes often account for many cases of foot pain. Other factors which contribute to foot and ankle discomfort are age, obesity, unsupportive footwear, and high heels.

If you're experiencing consistent foot pain, contact your podiatrist in Washington D.C. for a consultation. He may uncover a podiatric medical problem, such as:

  • Bunion: a bulging deformity of the big toe joint
  • Plantar fasciitis: an inflammatory condition of the connective tissue crossing the bottom of the foot (with associated heel spurs)
  • Corns and calluses: overgrowths of skin on the toes and other areas of the foot
  • Ingrown toenail: an intrusion of the nail into the surrounding skin
  • Hammertoes: deformed toe joints
  • Metatarsalgia: an inflammation of the ball of the foot
  • Morton's neuroma: a benign growth affecting the third and fourth toes of either foot
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Sprains and strains (ankle sprains are the most frequent)
  • Stress fractures from overuse
  • Flat feet (fallen arches)

 

Treatments for your foot pain

A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mintzer will uncover the reasons for your foot pain and give you the tools that you need to stay balanced, pain-free, and active. You can reduce your symptoms of pain, redness, swelling, and more with at-home interventions, such as:

  • Quality footwear with low heels
  • Customized shoe orthotics (inserts)
  • Splints, particularly for plantar fasciitis
  • Rest
  • Elevation of your feet
  • Ice or heat as your podiatrist advises
  • In-office ingrown toenail removal (usually a partial removal)
  • In-office removal of corns and calluses (at-home removal is never recommended particularly for diabetics and other infection-prone patients)
  • Over the counter analgesics
  • Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy, including stretching exercises

 

Better feet, better you

That's our aim here at Providence Foot Health Center. Call today for your appointment: (202) 269-4062.

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