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It's impossible to ignore foot pain. It makes every step difficult and can even prevent you from sleeping well at night. Fortunately, your Irwin and Greensburg, PA, foot surgeons, Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric offer effective treatments for your pain.
Common causes of foot pain
Your feet are particularly vulnerable to injury. Stray Legos, your choice of footwear, and even working out too intensely can lead to painful conditions that take a while to heal. Although your foot will probably feel better in a week or two if you stepped on a Lego, you may need a little help from your Irwin or Greensburg podiatrist if you have these conditions:
- Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation in the plantar fascia may be to blame for chronic heel pain. The tough band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heels to your toes. The condition can occur if you spend long hours on your feet or suddenly start an intense workout routine. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice that your pain is worse first thing in the morning or when you stand or walk after sitting for long periods. Night splints, prescription orthotics, pain medication, and physical therapy can be helpful. In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be needed to relieve tension in the fascia.
- Ingrown Toenails: It doesn't take long for the edge of a toenail to grow into your skin. Ingrown toenails aren't just painful but can become infected in some cases. Although you may be able to free a trapped nail at home if you notice the problem immediately, a minor surgical procedure may be needed to remove a trapped nail that won't budge. (Don't attempt to free your nail yourself if you have diabetes).
- Bunions: Bony bumps at the base of the big toe are often seen in people who regularly wear high heels or tight shoes. Bunions can be quite painful and may be responsible for leg or back pain if you change the way you walk due to the presence of the bump. Orthotics and taping may slow the progression of your bunions, but surgery is the only way to end your pain and remove the bunions. Surgery is usually recommended if your bunions are large or interfere with your life.
Are you tired of living with foot pain? Schedule an appointment with foot surgeons Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric by calling (724) 863-0996 for the Irwin, PA, office, or (724) 832-1000 for the Greensburg office.
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!