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Ignoring foot pain is never a good idea. If you try to carry on with your usual activities, your symptoms are likely to worsen, making walking and standing even more difficult. Fortunately, here at The Foot & Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA, Mount Laurel, Bordentown, and Columbus, NJ, your podiatrists can diagnose the source of your pain and offer effective treatments that will get your back on your feet once again.
What causes foot pain?
Foot pain can have many causes. Did the pain start after you went for a run, took an exercise class or played your favorite sport? You may have a stress fracture, tendonitis, bursitis, or a torn tendon. These conditions are more likely to occur if you work out too hard or too long, increase the intensity of your workout suddenly, or don't wear supportive shoes.
Falls and accidents may cause fractures, strains, and sprains in your feet and ankles. These injuries are often accompanied by bruising and swelling. If the bones in your foot or ankle look deformed or if you have severe pain after an accident, call your podiatrist or go to the emergency room.
Other possible causes of foot pain include:
- Nerve damage
- Ingrown toenails
- Stone bruise
- Plantar warts
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bone spurs
- Infected sores or ulcers
What can I do about sudden foot pain?
In many cases, foot pain will improve if you stay off your feet as much as possible and use ice and over-the-counter pain medication to control pain and inflammation.
If your symptoms don't improve in a week or two, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Don't wait to call the foot doctor if you have diabetes. Even minor foot injuries can quickly become infected whether you have Type 1 or 2 diabetes.
Call right away if you notice signs of infection (pus on your wound, red streaks on the skin, or fever), a change in the normal color of your skin, severe pain/numbness, or if you can't put any weight on your foot.
Need relief? Give us a call
Do you suffer from foot pain? A visit to your podiatrist in Mount Laurel, Bordentown or Columbus, NJ, or Philadelphia, PA, can help ease your aches and pains. Schedule an appointment with the foot doctors at The Foot & Ankle Group by calling (215) 332-5300 for the Philadelphia office, (856) 234-0195 for the Mount Laurel office, (609) 291-0960 for the Bordentown office or (609) 298-7000 for the Columbus office.
It’s important to get to the root of your foot pain and our podiatrists in Mount Laurel, Philadelphia, Bordentown, and Columbus are here to help.
There are countless reasons why your feet or ankles may be causing you trouble. Of course, since we have to keep moving day in and day out, you may find that your pain is getting in the way of your daily activities. If this is the case, it may be time to sit down with one of our foot doctors at The Foot and Ankle Group in Mount Laurel, Philadelphia, Bordentown, and Columbus, NJ to find out what’s going on.
More about Foot Pain
Foot pain can originate anywhere from the heel and arches to the ball of the foot and the toes. The location of the pain is one of the best ways for our Philadelphia podiatrists to figure out what’s going on. For example, heel pain is often caused by an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. By pinpointing where the pain is and what the pain feels like, we can often detect some of these causes through a simple physical exam and by asking you specific questions.
The most common causes of foot and ankle pain include,
- Strains and sprains
- Fracture or break
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ruptured Achilles tendon
- Bone spur
- Ingrown toenail
- Morton’s neuroma
- Diabetic neuropathy (can also cause tingling and numbness in the extremities)
These are only some of the causes of foot and ankle pain, and it’s nearly impossible to figure out what’s going on without a proper medical evaluation.
When to See a Podiatrist
While some aches and pains every once in a while may not be cause for concern, it’s certainly important to know when it’s time to see a specialist for more thorough and comprehensive care. Here’s when to see a podiatrist,
- Your pain is severe
- Your pain is getting worse or isn’t responding to rest and at-home care
- There is a painful lump or bump
- You notice one foot is flatter than the other (a warning sign of a tendon rupture)
- Pain that’s accompanied by an open wound or sore
- Foot discoloration
- Pain and swelling in just one foot
- Burning, tingling or numbness (signs of neuropathy)
- Pain that gets worse when elevating the legs
- Pain that gets worse when you move around (signs of a stress fracture)
It’s important that you don’t ignore foot pain or other symptoms when our podiatry specialists can easily give you the care you need to get back on your feet. The Foot & Ankle Group offers locations in Mount Laurel ((856) 234-0195), Philadelphia ((215) 332-5300), Bordentown ((609) 291-0960), and Columbus, NJ ((609) 298-7000), to serve you.