Our feet take a lot of abuse from us throughout the course of our lives.
We depend on them to keep us upright and to take us where we need to go. They’re a complex system of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments that support us.
That’s why even minor pain in our feet can be absolutely debilitating.
Let’s take a look at some common foot health issues and when it’s time to call the doctor with your concerns.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot injuries people suffer with, affecting about 1 in 10 people at some point.
It’s a swelling of the thick bands of tissue that connect your heel bone to your toes. It occurs when the bands are overstretched or overworked and your weight is improperly applied to your foot. Anything from improper arch support in shoes to rolling your foot can cause plantar fasciitis.
Often, the pain in your foot will be the worst in the morning and subside as the day goes on.
Because it’s inflammation, treatment varies depending on the level or type of inflammation. Over-the-counter pain medication may help, but if the pain persists you may need to see your podiatrist for additional therapies like orthotics or night splints.
Achilles tendonitis is a repetitive use injury that is common for runners and weekend warriors alike. Pain from tendonitis is commonly felt above the heel or in the back of a person’s leg.
In most cases, self-care will be enough to manage the pain from Achilles tendinitis. If the pain around your tendon persists you’ll want to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist or doctor. If the pain is severe or debilitating, don’t wait to seek medical attention.
Bunions are bony bumps that form at the joints of your toes, usually your big toe. They are a result of bones in the front of your foot being moved out of their normal place. Your affected toe is forced inward (toward your other toes) and the joint is forced outward.
If your shoes are too tight or narrow you can form bunions, or they could be exacerbated. They can also develop because of a deformity of your foot or from arthritis.
Generally, bunions don’t require a visit to the doctor. However, if you have ongoing pain in your toe, decreased movement in your foot, or you’re unable to find a pair of shoes to fit properly, a podiatrist or doctor can help.
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In most mild foot pain situations, a little rest will go a long way. Staying off of your injured foot and giving it time to heal will alleviate most pain and it will go away after time (a few weeks or less).
However, if your pain increases as time goes on, if you have swelling, or if you’re feeling tingling, numbness, or burning on the bottom of your foot, it’s best to seek out a professional. If you’re ever unsure, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist or doctor and seek medical attention.
Our team of doctors at Aboite Podiatry is trained to identify and treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bunions and other foot-related issues. Make an appointment to meet with one of our skilled podiatrists today by calling 260-436-3579.