Foot Pain

Foot pain is a common problem experienced by nearly everyone at some point in their lives. The causes and treatment of different kinds of foot pain vary widely. Some come be treated with rest or medication, while others may require surgery.

To get an accurate diagnosis and begin treating your foot pain, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Samandarov, a foot and ankle expert.

Causes of Foot Pain:

Foot pain comes in many different forms. It can come from the following parts of the foot:

  • Bones
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Nerves
  • Blood vessels
  • Skin
  • Fascia
  • Muscles
  • Toenail beds

When foot pain comes from heel area, the cause can be narrowed down to a number of possible conditions:

  • Plantar fasciitis –among the most common causes of heel pain, this develops when the plantar fascia (a band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes) becomes swollen
  • Heel spurs –abnormal growths that develop on the bottom of the heel bone.
  • Heel bone fracture –one of the most commonly broken foot bones, typically due to an impact on the heel
  • Stone Bruise –a bruise on the pad of the heel, which often develops after impact with a hard object or surface

When foot pain comes from the ball of the foot, a number of conditions may be the cause:

  • Sesamoiditis –a condition in which the tendons of the big toe become injured or inflamed
  • Metatarsalgia –a type of pain and inflammation that occurs in the ball of the foot
  • Morton’s neuroma – a condition that comes from thickened tissue around the nerve between the bases of the toes

When foot pain comes from the toes there are a number of possible causes. These may include:

  • Bunions – bony bumps that grow at the base of the big toe
  • Arthritis – an inflammatory condition that affects the joints
  • Claw Toe – a condition that affects the joint at the end of the toe and makes it difficult or impossible to straighten
  • Hammer Toe – a condition that happens in the near toe joint, creating a hammer-like look
  • Ingrown toenails– a condition in which the skin grows over the toenail
  • Fractures– a break in the toe bones
  • Sprains – damage to the soft tissue of the toes
  • Corns – a buildup of skin on a point of pressure
  • Calluses – a wide area of built up skin on a point of pressure
  • Turf toe–pain at the base of the big toe, often resulting from physical activity

When foot pain comes from the arches, this pain is commonly cause by plantar fasciitis. Outer edge foot pain is commonly due to a fractured bone in the foot. General foot pain may be due to a number of conditions, including diabetes, trauma, and tendinitis.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Foot Pain:

Like the broad variety of potential foot pain causes, methods of diagnosis and treatment can vary widely. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis and discuss your treatment options is to speak with a foot specialist.

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