Managing Foot Pain
The management of foot pain is extremely individualized, depending on its cause. Patients typically combine non-pharmaceutical methods with medications for relief. Performing specific exercises that maintain muscle strength and flexibility can help to prevent future injuries. Podiatrists are essential and can offer orthotics tailored to each patient's needs. These insoles, rigid or soft, alleviate walking or running discomfort. Medications come in various forms including oral analgesics and corticosteroid injections to help control inflammation. In severe cases hindering mobility, surgery may be necessary, such as fracture repair, arthroscopic debridement, or joint fusion. Post-surgery rehabilitation and follow-up appointments are crucial for a successful recovery. If you are suffering from chronic foot pain, or if it becomes worse, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and individualized treatment.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.