We all experience foot pain at some point or another. So, when is it okay to ignore the foot pain and when is it time to seek medical attention? Generally speaking, if your foot pain lasts a few hours and goes away after resting, it’s okay to go without medical attention. However, if the pain does not subside after a few hours, you suffered an injury that caused the pain to develop, or if the foot pain is recurring, it’s time to see a doctor. There are a variety of causes of foot pain. Let’s take a look at the most common orthopedic problems that cause foot pain.
Plantar fasciitis is a result of the plantar fascia, a muscle that runs across the bottom part of your foot and bridges your heel bone to the toes, getting irritated. People with plantar fasciitis feel a burning or stabbing pain in the heel right when they wake up in the morning or while walking or running. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain.
Sprains, Strains, and Overuse
Sprains are the overstretching and tearing of ligaments. A strain is the overstretching of the muscles or tendons. Sprains and strains can happen after sudden force is applied to the foot in an accident. Sprains and strains can also happen in the feet due to overuse when doing strenuous activities or applying unhealthy pressure on the feet through bad posture and not wearing adequate footwear. Symptoms include bruising, swelling, and limited mobility.
Tendons are thick cords of tissue that bridge muscles to bones in the body. When tendons in the feet become irritated, it’s called tendonitis. Tendinitis causes acute pain and tenderness. It may also cause a dull ache and irritation to the heel or bottom of the foot. Tendinitis can occur after repetitive movements in the joint. It can also be a result of aging, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.
A bunion is a bump on the side of the big toe that can also become red and inflamed. It is a result of an abnormality in the foot bones which causes the joint on the side of the big toe to protrude outward. Bunions are usually genetic but can be a result of flat feet, abnormal bone structure, or wearing improper footwear like tight shoes, high heels, and shoes with pointed toes.
Hammertoe happens when your toe bends in a claw-like position. It occurs when the muscles in the foot are continually contracting from excessive use. Symptoms include pain and callouses.
What Should I Do About My Foot Pain?
If you are experiencing foot pain, it’s best to see an orthopedic physician who is qualified to diagnose and treat your condition. The Balcones Pain Consultants provide high-quality care through advanced medical treatments to treat the root cause of your pain and manage your symptoms. Their experts provide personalized treatments aimed at giving you a pain-free life. Contact our team today at (512) 834-4141 or schedule an appointment online.