Your feet have to carry the entire weight of your body, so it's not surprising that they get tired and painful sometimes. However, if your foot pain is severe or persistent, you should visit the board-certified physicians at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group to find the cause. The practice has four New York locations in Carmel, Newburgh, Mount Kisco, and Fishkill, with another in Danbury, Connecticut. For expert diagnosis and treatment of your foot pain, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Acute foot pain is most commonly due to traumatic injuries like fractures. Heavy objects falling on your feet could cause crush injuries, and stubbing your toe can cause surprisingly long-lasting pain. This is why many jobs require employees to wear steel toe-capped footwear.
Sports injuries are another leading cause of foot pain, resulting from soft tissue strains and sprains. Overuse can lead to stress fractures developing in the bones – tiny cracks that multiply over time. Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) can also be due to overuse.
If your foot pain develops more gradually, you might have arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most likely, but gout is a problem that tends to affect the feet, too.
You could have abnormalities in the structure of your foot that affect the way your foot works. This might be something you're born with, like flatfeet, that makes you more prone to developing tendonitis of the posterior tibial tendon. This can also be something that develops over time, like a bunion (hallux valgus).
Rest is essential when treating painful foot conditions. Your feet support your entire body weight when you’re standing still and up to three times your weight if you're running or jumping. Relieving your feet of this pressure is critical in treating most forms of foot pain.
Physical therapy is vital for preventing other parts of your feet from getting weak while the injury heals. It also eases pain and helps tissues to mend. Other treatments you might require include medication and supportive devices or orthotics.
You might need surgery for your foot pain if other treatments aren't resolving the issue or your condition is too severe for conservative methods to work. One example is a plantar fascia release procedure in which your surgeon cuts the tissue to relieve pressure and pain.
You might need to undergo reconstructive foot surgery to help repair congenital abnormalities (problems you're born with), complex injuries, and some other foot problems.
In many cases, the surgeons at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group can perform minimally invasive reconstructive foot surgery on an outpatient basis.
For expert resolution of your foot pain, call Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group or request an appointment online today.