Treating Foot Pain
Find out what could be causing your foot pain and what you can do about it.
Did you know that one-quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet? Along with that, your feet are made up of 107 ligaments, 33 joints, and 19 muscles. So, when your feet start to give you grief you may be wondering what’s going on. After all, it could be a number of things. Our Greensburg and Irwin, PA, podiatrists, Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric, are here to help you figure out what’s causing your pain and how to handle it.
What is causing your pain?
Figuring out the root cause of your pain is the first thing our Greensburg and Irwin foot doctors will do. Once we figure out what’s going on we will be able to create a proper and comprehensive treatment plan that will lead you right into recovery mode.
Common causes of foot pain include:
- Strains and sprains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Stress fracture
- Flat feet
How do you treat heel pain?
You’ll be happy to know that a lot of foot problems can easily be managed from the comfort of your own home. Unless the condition is serious and requires more aggressive care, more often than not you’ll give your foot the rest it needs to heal and you’ll manage your symptoms until your foot mends. Rest is key for any injury or foot problem. Avoid high-impact activities and other activities that could exacerbate your pain. Stay off the foot as much as possible and elevate it when sitting down to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Pain can be managed through icing your foot throughout the day and also by taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Those with more severe and chronic foot pain may require prescription painkillers or corticosteroid injections.
Depending on the cause of your pain we may also recommend splinting, bracing, or wearing a protective boot. Physical therapy and performing certain stretching and strengthening exercises can also help improve flexibility and range-of-motion within the foot.
Those with more serious and chronic foot problems may need to consider more aggressive treatment options like electrical stimulation. We can also sit down with you and discuss the pros and cons of getting foot surgery if all other treatment options are proving ineffective.
If you are at a loss for how to handle your foot pain then it’s time to turn to our friendly and reliable foot and ankle specialists for the care you need to get back on your feet. Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care has offices in Greensburg and Irwin, PA, to serve you better. Call us today!