Often we do not notice issues with our feet and ankles until there is pain. Many injuries develop over time, with slow onset symptoms and pain that gradually worsens. However, sudden foot pain can alarm us. If you have recently experienced sudden onset pain (pain that occurs without warning and is intense), you may be wondering what is wrong.
The number one cause of sudden pain is injury. Whether you stepped on a sharp or pointed object, twisted an ankle, or stubbed your toe on a door, sudden pain is a warning that something is wrong and treatment is required. However, sometimes pain arises with no sign and no injury, leaving us to wonder what is wrong.
When Should I Be Concerned About Sudden Foot Pain?
If the pain you are experiencing is rendering you incapable of walking, you should see a foot doctor (podiatrist) as soon as possible. The Best Foot Doctor office in the NYC area are currently accepting new patients and can help you understand the cause of your sudden foot pain.
Stabbing pain in the feet is a common issue, but often, the underlying reasons are complex. Some of the most common causes of stabbing pain in your feet are:
- Plantar fasciitis – while this condition develops over time, the inflammation may finally reach a point that pain onsets, seemingly without notice. The tendon that connects the toes to your feet becomes inflamed and damaged, causing stabbing pain. This pain is usually felt most severely first thing in the morning or when you are standing or walking after a long rest (such as at a desk job).
- Neuropathy – nerve damage in the feet can cause sudden stabbing pains. Neuropathy is often seen in diabetic patients, who must take great caution in monitoring their foot health. If you have diabetes and are experiencing any kind of foot pain, you must see a doctor immediately. In addition, nerve damage in your feet can prevent you from noticing infections that could spread to your blood and cause severe damage.
- Injuries – injuries, especially from sports or exercise, are a common reason that we see people because of stabbing pain in their feet. If you cannot walk or the pain impedes your everyday activities, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist as soon as possible. They will be able to ascertain your condition and help you understand your treatment options.
Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. So if your pain is giving you concern, it is never wrong to get it checked out. By seeing a foot doctor for undiagnosed sudden pain in your feet, you could prevent future problems from arising. If you are in the Queens, Manhattan, or Brooklyn area, give our offices a call to schedule an appointment. Our podiatrist will provide you with a thorough foot and ankle exam, and we are prepared to perform whatever tests are necessary to get to the bottom of your condition. So don’t let sudden foot pain keep you tied down – let us help you get back on your feet.