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Foot Pain

The foot is made up of many bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles, all of which can be injured or diseased, causing pain.

What is foot pain?

As the main points of contact between you and the ground, feet are a critically important part of the body but are also prone to damage or infection. Foot pain can be the result of injury or illness affecting any part of the foot or surrounding areas. This includes the various parts of the foot such as the toes, heel, arch, or Achilles tendon. Chronic or severe foot pain can seriously impact the quality of life by limiting mobility, making effective treatment important for daily function.

What are the symptoms of foot pain?

The specific symptoms of foot pain can vary based on the affected area and underlying causes. However, some of the more common symptoms that accompany foot pain include the following:

  • Swelling or redness
  • Cramps
  • Rashes or bumps
  • Tingling sensations
  • Numbness
  • Burning or itching
  • Weakness or instability
  • Blisters
  • Sharp stabbing pain

While the symptoms of foot pain often abate on their own, chronic or severe foot pain should be addressed by a medical professional to prevent the condition from worsening.

What causes foot pain?

There are many different causes of foot pain because the feet are a complex body part involving various pieces working together. Foot pain can be the result of physical injury to the bones, ligaments, tendons, or muscles that comprise the foot. The injury may stem from overuse, strenuous physical exercise, or a traumatic incident.

Some other common causes of foot pain include arthritis conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriatic arthritis. The tendons in the foot are also susceptible to tendinitis, an inflammation of the fibrous cords that make up the tendons. Nerve damage can cause foot pain as well, such as peripheral neuropathy or diabetic neuropathy.

Determining the exact cause of foot pain is crucial for proper treatment. If you are experiencing chronic or severe foot pain, consult a doctor. Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination and possibly refer you to a specialist for an accurate diagnosis.

How is foot pain treated?

Treatment for foot pain will vary based on the type and severity of the pain. Many instances of foot pain can be treated at home with over-the-counter remedies. If your foot pain is relatively mild, you may self-care by temporarily avoiding any activities that exacerbate the pain. Combined with icing the affected area and taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen, the pain may abate after a few hours to days.

Seek immediate medical attention if your foot pain is severe, you have an open wound, there are signs of infection, you’re unable to put weight on the foot, or you have diabetes. In these cases, more intensive treatment may be required. This may include steroid injections, surgery, physical therapy, prescription strength pain relievers, or physical aids such as a boot, cast, or crutches.

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Foot Pain Treatments

Here at Arizona Pain and Spine Institute, we improve our patients’ quality of life by alleviating and managing their pain. Some of our Foot Pain treatments include:

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Why choose AZ Pain and Spine Institute to treat your Foot Pain?

We have a team of medical practitioners, pain management doctors, and staff who are experts on pain management, including Foot Pain. We use state-of-the-art technology and effective approaches in achieving our mission. We care about your well-being and are committed to making your life pain-free.