Types of Foot Pain and Treatment
Your feet help you go about your day every day. Most times, you do not even pay attention to them until when you are in sudden, unexpected pain. And when they hurt, the only thing you want is a relief.
However, before you can undergo foot pain treatment, you will need to understand the problem. Proper diagnosis first seeks to understand where the problem is. Read on to learn more about foot pain and its treatment.
You can experience toe pain due to gout, a type of arthritis. It happens when crystals begin to form in the toe joints. As a result, you experience severe pain and swelling. The condition mainly affects the big toe.
Treating toe pain involves icing, resting the foot, taking medications, and keeping off food that worsens gout.
Toe pain can also come in the form of a bunion. Bunion creates a large bulge on the foot’s edge, closer to the big toe. It can occur in any person, more so if you keep wearing uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes. However, old people are more prone to it than the young. Hammertoes commonly accompany bunion.
Foot’s outer edge pain
Foot pain can happen in the form of it occurring at the edge of your foot. This kind of pain often emanates from a broken bone in the foot. Some of its symptoms include bruising, swelling, and pain along the outer foot edge. Immediately see a doctor for an X-ray if you suspect that you have a broken bone.
Treatment options include:
- Not walking over the painful foot
- Resting, icing, and elevating your foot
- Getting surgery as per the doctor’s recommendation
- Getting a cast done when the pain becomes unbearable
Ball of foot pain
A type of pain and inflammation that forms in the ball of your foot. The pain comes from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Besides, you can get the pain by engaging in strenuous activities like jumping or running. The term stone bruise also describes this pain.
Treatment for a ball of foot pain entails:
- Icing and resting the feet
- Taking pain relievers
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Relieving pressure through shoe inserts
Other severe forms of a ball of foot pain like Morton’s neuroma may require surgery for treatment. This kind of foot pain causes numbness or odd sensations at the ball of your foot. It happens mainly due to putting on tight shoes or high heels.
Arch pain occurs in two forms, fallen arches, and plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis stands out as the most common cause of arch pain. It affects the arch and heel. The condition is treated in the same way, regardless of where it forms. In case of persistent plantar fasciitis, the doctor will recommend a local anesthetic and steroid injection.
Flat feet, also called fallen arches, occur due to the feet arches flattening after walking or standing. As a result, you get to experience foot pain along with other problems. You can treat flat feet using ice, rest, shoe adjustments, physical therapy, brace, and shoe inserts.
Pain in all parts of the foot
Nerve damage in the foot can lead to the entire foot experiencing a lot of pain. The condition often happens due to diabetes. In addition, the pain manifests in the form of a sting, burn, or electricity sensation.
Your foot has nerves all over it. Therefore, the pain can occur on any part where the nerves get damaged. Speak to your doctor about the recommended pain relieving option. In addition, ask for guidance on how you can stop it from worsening following diagnosis.
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