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How to Manage Foot Pain

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Experiencing foot pain comes with discomfort and immobility. This situation affects your daily routine and...

Experiencing foot pain comes with discomfort and immobility. This situation affects your daily routine and quality of life. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, you need to seek medical attention to avoid severe health complications that can arise depending on the cause of your foot pain. If you are experiencing foot pain in Mesa, Kirk Minkus, MD, and his team can help.

What causes foot pain?

Your foot pain could be due to injury or some underlying conditions. Some common injuries to your foot include strain, sprain, and fractured bone. The underlying conditions that can cause foot pain include:

Arthritis

The disease causes pain on the top of your foot and affects the joint at your toes’ bottom. You will experience sharp pain when resting or when walking.

Bone spurs

The spurs form at the edge of bones where your bones are scouring against each other. When you have bone spurs at your feet near the toes, you will experience severe pain on top of your foot.

Peripheral neuropathy

If your foot pain is caused by peripheral neuropathy, there will be a breakdown of your peripheral nervous system; you will experience numbness or a prickling sensation on top of your foot. The condition occurs as a result of chronic illness or infection.

Diabetes

Diabetes can cause damage to nerves on your feet. You will experience a stinging pain or a burning sensation.  

Peripheral arterial disease

If your arteries are blocked by buildup plaque, they will affect the blood flow. Lack of blood circulation in your foot will cause damage to your tissues and nerves, leading to severe pain on top of your foot.

When should you seek medication?

You should visit your doctor if you experience the following:

·         Have been experiencing foot pain for one week.

·         If your pain is affecting both feet.

·         If your pain gets worse instantly

·         If your pain gets extreme

·         If your pain is caused by an injury

Diagnosis for foot pain

When you go for diagnosis, your doctor will review your medical history together with your symptoms and perform a physical examination. Your doctor can recommend you for imaging tests like ultrasound scan, X-ray, and electromyography if need be.

Foot pain treatment

Depending on your foot pain’s diagnosis results, your doctor will recommend the proper treatment for you. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medication to ease pain and inflammation symptoms.

Your doctor may recommend physical therapy where you do some regular stretching exercises to increase flexibility. Exercises also help strengthen your muscles as you continue to recover and prevent more injuries from coming up after recovery.

If your foot pain is due to diabetes, your doctor will work toward relieving your pain, managing complications caused, restoring function, and slowing down the progression of your disease.

If your foot pain is due to blocked arteries, your doctor may recommend sclerotherapy. Your doctor will inject medicine directly into your vein, causing the vein to collapse; hence the blood flows through healthier veins.

Call Kirk Minkus, MD, to get more details on foot pain management or book an appointment online.

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