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February 24, 2020

Types Of Foot Pain And Treatment Suggestions

Foot pain can affect every part of the foot, including the sole, arch, heel, and toes. Most causes of foot pain can be treated very easily, read full info to know about the circumstances where surgery is necessary. 

Some of the most common causes of foot pain include:

Bunions

This is a very common condition that affects the base of the big toe. It occurs when the big toe gets pushed toward the second toe.

Treatment: As soon as you notice a bunion forming, switch to wider, more comfortable shoes. If the bunion is severe and results in deformity or relentless foot pain, surgery may be needed. 

Plantar Fasciitis

If you experience foot pain in your heel when you wake up in the morning, chances are you have plantar fasciitis. 

Treatment: Stretching and rest will help you deal with the foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In some cases, anti-inflammatory medication is prescribed

Heel Spurs

A heel spur is a small hook of bone that forms on the heel bone. Heel spurs occur in almost 70% of patients with plantar fasciitis. See a podiatrist if you think you have either condition. The podiatrist can determine the condition by taking and reviewing an X-Ray.

Treatment: Do not use heel inserts because they can increase your foot pain caused by heel spurs. Treatment may range from cortisone shots to physical therapy, to a pair of custom made orthotics.

If after two weeks of self treatment, your foot pain still persists, see your doctor or a podiatrist. Also, if you cannot bear weight on the foot, or if there is bruising, deformity, or blood present, a trip to the doctor is mandatory.