By Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates LLC
October 23, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Pain  

Don’t Let Foot Pain Become the Norm for You. Find out How We Can Help.

From overuse to injuries to health conditions, there are so many issues that could lead to foot pain that it’s nearly impossible to tell what’s causing your discomfort unless you visit our Moorestown, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Howard Abramsohn for a thorough evaluation. Although the possibilities for foot pain are quite extensive, read below for common causes, treatments, and advice on whether a podiatrist visit is necessary or not.

Typical Causes

The list of foot pain sources is rather exhaustive, but there are certain conditions and issues that are more frequent than others. These issues include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Bursitis
  • Bunions
  • Bone spurs
  • Stress fractures
  • Flat feet
  • Arthritis
  • Hammertoes
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

When you come in for an evaluation, our Moorestown, NJ, foot doctor will ask you a series of questions regarding the pain you are receiving (e.g. location, severity, etc), as well as other symptoms you may be experiencing.

We will also perform a thorough physical exam to check the tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves in the foot to determine what’s going on. In some cases, imaging tests will need to be performed to detect problems such as a stress fracture.

How to Treat Foot Pain

The treatment plan we create will be based on the cause of your symptoms, so we won’t be able to tell you exactly how to treat your specific condition until we examine your foot first. Of course, a lot of conditions can be managed with at-home care such as:

  • Pain relievers
  • Icing/warm soaks
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Stretching/strengthening exercises
  • Resting
  • Elevation
  • Custom orthotics
  • Wearing a protective boot
  • Using crutches (often used for fractures or broken bones)

When You Should See a Podiatrist

While some pain will go away on its own with rest and at-home care, it’s important to know when you need to see a foot specialist to diagnose and treat the problem. You should see a foot doctor right away if:

  • Pain is severe
  • Swelling is severe
  • You are unable to bear weight on the foot
  • You heard a pop or snap at the moment of injury
  • You are experiencing any burning, tingling, numbness, or weakness
  • You have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet

If you are dealing with foot pain that just won’t go away it’s important that you have a foot care specialist that you trust to provide you with the care you need. Here at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, NJ, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive and urgent foot and ankle care. Call our office today at (856) 234-5180. We’re here to help.