Foot pain can often be debilitating and excruciating.
Although your feet get you where you want to go each and every day, you may not think much about them until they cause you pain. Once that happens, you want relief. However there are many different problems that can lead to foot pain, and it can sometimes be difficult to identify the source of the pain. An injury, any condition which causes inflammation in the bones, tendons or ligaments in the foot, or overuse can all lead to foot pain. Other causes of foot pain can include arthritis, as well as diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Some of the more common reasons you may be experiencing foot pain include:
- Bone spurs
- A broken toe
- Bunions, corns and calluses
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendonitis
- Hammer toe
- Avulsion fracture
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Stress fractures
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Raynaud’s disease
Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis of Foot Pain
Wearing improper footwear is a primary cause of foot pain, however infectious diseases, bacteria, fungi, viruses, injuries, overuse, diseases and biomechanical conditions can also cause foot pain. Wearing too-tight shoes, or shoes with high heels can cause pain in the forefoot and shoes that fit poorly can cause blisters, bruising and pain. Standing or walking on hard surfaces such as cement can result in plantar fasciitis pain, and any strain, sprain, bruise or fracture can also lead to moderate to severe foot pain.
Achilles tendonitis can lead to pain at the back of the heel, while plantar fasciitis can cause excruciating heel pain. Specific, localized pain and tenderness on the ball of the foot can be caused by a “stone bruise,” and a common athletic injury which causes pain in the big toe is known as “turf toe.” Diagnosing foot pain is done largely by taking a detailed patient history, although x-rays and CT scans could be used to ensure there is no fracture present.
Treatment of Foot Pain
If you are suffering from severe foot pain, you may have already tried rest, ice and anti-inflammatory drugs. However if your pain persists, or gets worse, the interventional pain manage specialists at Seattle Pain may be able to help. We will develop a customized, comprehensive foot pain treatment program specially designed to help relieve your pain and allow you to get back to your normal activities. Depending on the cause and location of your foot pain, the Seattle Pain specialists advise one or more of the following:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Opioid medications
- Medications like Lyrica or Cymbalta for nerve pain
Are you having difficulty finding relief from your foot pain?
Contact Our Pain Management Specialists
When your foot pain is so severe that you find yourself missing out on life, Seattle Pain can help relieve your pain, and significantly improve your quality of life. We believe in treating the whole patient – and not just the injury. You do not have to live in pain. Call us today at 253-944-1289 or complete a contact form today.