Common Causes of Foot Pain

Dealing with acute or chronic foot pain can consume your mind and sideline your plans for the day. Whether the pain is localized to one small area or seems to engulf your foot and threaten to spread up your leg, our caring providers in Brooklyn are eager to help you determine the cause of your foot pain and explore solutions for managing it. Contact Best Foot Doctor NY today to schedule a consultation. Read on to learn about common causes of foot pain.

Inflammation

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa (fluid-filled sac) near a joint causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. Typically this is treated with rest, stretching, over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, and well-fitting shoes. In severe cases, a provider at Best Food Doctor NY may suggest corticosteroid injections.

Common tendonitis in the foot is plantar fasciitis: overstretching of the plantar fascia that runs along the base of the foot. Custom-fitted orthotics from your Brooklyn-based provider are an effective support for the plantar fascia.

Gout is a build-up of urate crystals in the joint of the big toe. It is very painful and accompanied by swelling, decreased range of motion, warmth, and tenderness. Most patients with gout need prescription medication to treat it. 

Nerve Conditions

Morton’s neuroma presents with severe pain and numbness, sometimes described as feeling like a foreign object is pushing into the foot. While orthotics can help relieve the pressure on the nerve, in many cases surgery is necessary.

Visible Conditions

Plantar warts and corns are visible on the skin and can be painful. They can be treated with different topical medications and medicated pads. Before beginning any treatment, discuss your condition with a medical professional to avoid mistreatment. 

Bone conditions

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone caused by repeated stress. They are often treated symptomatically with rest, supportive shoes, and OTC pain medication. If your pain is continuing to worsen, reach out to your local Brooklyn doctor for more personalized treatment. 

A fracture is a more serious break in a bone, usually accompanied by disfigurement and the inability to bear weight on the foot. Fractures typically require a cast for complete immobilization. 

Bone spurs are extraneous growths at the joint. In extreme cases, they become so painful that surgery is necessary to remove them. 

Osteomyelitis is a bone infection. Surgery, blood infection, or recent injury increases your risk for osteomyelitis. Symptoms of infection including fever, pain, redness, and swelling are all reasons to contact your doctor

Other Causes of Foot Pain 

Raynaud’s Disease is a condition in which the blood vessels of the toes constrict causing the toes to be cold and painful. Be careful to dress warmly and consult your doctor if you notice a prolonged color change or pain as this can be a sign of progressing infection. 

There are many kinds of arthritis that can develop in the foot. As the bone wears down, patients often experience decreased range of motion along with pain. Often physical therapy or prescription medications can be helpful to slow the progression of arthritis. 

If you are experiencing foot pain, contact Best Foot Doctor NY today. We can diagnose the cause of your foot pain and help you find relief today.

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