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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!
Many common foot and ankle conditions and injuries can be managed and resolved with conservative treatments like rest, medication and physical therapy. However, when conservative treatments are insufficient, surgery may be necessary to alleviate chronic pain or problems with mobility and movement, depending on the condition. The foot surgeons at Greensburg and Irwin, PA based Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care LLC offer treatment for a range of podiatry problems and injuries.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Greensburg and Irwin
Because the feet and ankles contain some of the most complex weight-bearing joints in the body, they can be especially susceptible to strain and injury. Whether you are a highly active professional or recreational athlete, or live a predominantly sedentary lifestyle with limited physical activity, chances are you will have to visit a podiatrist at some point in your lifetime.
Some conditions like flat feet (low arches) are caused by genetics and the biomechanics of the feet, and tend to increase the risk of additional strains and injuries over time, like bunions, hammer toes or chronic heel pain. In many cases, podiatry surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic and mild sedation, allowing the patient to go home and begin recovery on the same day of the procedure.
Consult with a foot and ankle doctor if you are suffering from chronic pain, stiffness or any of the following conditions to learn whether surgery is right for you:
- Sprains, tears or fractures
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Heel and bone spurs
- Growths or tumors
- Bone deformity
- Flat feet
Even when treated with surgery, some degree of physical therapy, rest and period of immobilization is typically necessary after the procedure in order to ensure adequate healing and recovery.
Find a Foot Surgeon in Greensburg and Irwin
If you are suffering from chronic pain, stiffness or having difficulty walking due to an injury or orthopedic disability, contact Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care LLC to schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon and to learn more about your treatment options today.