Treatments for 5 types of common foot pain

Foot pain is common among a lot of people and it can affect the entire foot like toes, heel, arch and sole. Many causes of the pain can be easily treated, but in some cases surgery is required. Some of the causes and treatment of common types of foot pain are

Plantar Fasciitis

If you are suffering from foot pain in heel especially during morning hours when you wake up, chances are that you have Plantar Fasciitis. The irritating pain in foot means that the tissue band that connects the heels to the toes is inflamed.

Treatment: rest and stretching can help you handle foot pain related to Plantar Fasciitis. In some patients medication like anti-inflammatory medicine is prescribed.

Corns

Corns appear as thickened skin on your toes or side of your foot. They occur due to improper fitting shoes.

Treatment:  The foot pain caused due to corns can be relieved using shoes that are properly fitted. If you experience severe foot pain due the infection caused around corn, antibiotics are often prescribed. If you want immediate relief from foot pain, soak the foot in warm water; use a pumice stone to rub down your corn. Pumice stone is found in many drug stores.

Heel spurs

A heel spur occurs on heel bone and is a small hook. Heel spurs also occur in people suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. Consult a podiatrist if you suffer from any one of the foot pain conditions. The podiatrist can analyze your foot condition with the help of X-Ray.

Treatment: avoid using heel inserts as they contribute to foot pain that occurs due to heel spurs. Treatment ranges from physical therapy, cortisone shots to tailored orthonics.

Tendonitis

Gradually, wear and tear attacks the tendons present in your foot particularly Achilles tendon

Treatment:  in the beginning the doctors would suggest NSAIDs like ibuprofen to reduce foot pain. Sometimes physical therapy is suggested to strengthen your muscles.

Bunions

It is a common condition that affects the big toe base. It occurs when your big toe is impelled towards your second toe.

Treatment: If you observe bunion forming, shift to comfortable and wider shoes. If bunion gets severe and cause relentless pain in foot or deformity, there are chances that surgery may be required. If the doctor suggests surgery, go for a second opinion.

 

If any type of foot pain persists even after self treatment of 2 weeks, talk to podiatrist or your doctor. Also if the weight on your foot becomes unbearable, there is deformity, bruising or blood exists, it is better to see a doctor.

Looking at the symptoms you can consult the doctor as symptoms that lasts for more than 2 weeks can be a matter that needs medical attention. Your foot bears your entire body weight and takes care of your movement so do not compromise or delay foot pain treatment to avoid further complications. In case of surgeries, you can take second opinion to make sure the foot condition you are suffering from requires surgery.

Consult a podiatric physician when you have foot pain!

A number of people have to face pain and there problems related to their feet. Every year millions of people visit clinics for seeking help from the podiatric physicians to solve the problem related to their foot. If you are one of them and you have been facing pain and problem than you should not waste your valuable time and should go to a podiatric physician in order to solve the problem which you are facing recently. A number of people avoid going to a podiatric physician as most of the people think that the pain or problem which they are facing with their foot will go away on its own. If you take your feet for granted and you are doing the same as mentioned above than you should know that you are wrong. It is important to solve the problem or pain related to foot as soon as possible because if the problem is left unattended than its severity can increase.

How to know if you need a podiatric physician? 

You should know that not all the pains and aches in your feet need podiatrist’s attention. Several times a hot soak or a good foot massage can solve the problem. A number of people face foot related problem because of wrong shoe or socks. In such cases contacting a podiatric physician will be of no use to you. One can say that visiting a podiatric physician in such situation will be of no use, and it will be nothing more than wastage of money. if you are facing pain and other problem which is not fading away than you should consider seeking the help of an expert to treat the pain or problem in your foot.

Pain in the foot if increases with activity it is a sure sign that your problem needs expert consultation of podiatric physician. In case if resting your feet doesn’t relieve the pain than it is better to see a podiatric physician for getting relief from the pain ,as the pain which you are facing might be because of a fracture or any other thing which cannot be treated without right medication and care.

Foot pain because of underlying disease!

Foot Pain can also be related to various possible medical situations such as Gout, Arthritis, and also Diabetes. These may either cause foot to turn out to be stiff, minimize the full range of your foot’s motion, lead to swelling in your toes and other parts of feet, and, at the worst it can even lead to nerve damage. In case you have any kind of history of any such medical concerns, or even if you suspect about them it is suggested to consult your doctor without delay to discuss about the possible options you may have for relieving sever foot pain. If required, your doctor can even give you complete and in depth clarification of what are the causes pain, and how efficiently you can deal with foot pain.

Foot Corn Removal

The accumulation of the dead skin cells lead to corns on the foot, which causes the area to harden and thicken. These look like projections of the feet. It has a cone-shaped core with a point, which can press on a nerve below causing pain. The first step in dealing with a foot corn is to eliminate the reason the corn has developed. This often means it is time for a new pair of shoes. Wearing shoes that are too snug or that cause points of pressure and friction on the foot will eventually result in a foot corn developing. With all this pressure corns and calluses can form on your toes. Toe corns can be uncomfortable and sometimes be extremely painful. They can cause long-term problems with mobility if not treated properly.

Improper footwear is the leading cause of the development of corns and calluses on feet. Consult your doctor about the proper footwear that will take pressure off of vulnerable areas, and prevent corns from developing. Corns are caused by thickened skin much like calluses. The biggest difference is size and location. Corns are found on the toes and top sides of feet while calluses are found on the heels and balls of feet. In general, corns usually appear with thickened and sometimes horny skin, and may be dry and scaly, or in the case of soft corns (they form between the toes, usually the fourth and fifth) might be white and moist.

Infections in the treatment of corns on toes can be avoided by ever so gently scraping the affected area daily, making sure that the live skin underneath is not chafed, then using a topical disinfectant. All equipment used in corn removal must be sterilized. It is important to sterilize all equipment used in corn removal. A Pedi-egg, for instance, can accumulate a large amount of dead skin cells once used. This will cause bacteria to multiply. Today corns are treated with a variety of preparations. Some are caustic agents that are applied topically and eat into the skin layer. These ‘keracolytic’ products are only able to destroy the actual growth, so if the roots are intact the corn will mushroom again.

If you have pain in a corn, even when you do not have shoes on, you have most likely developed bursitis which is inflammation of the joint under the corn. Bursitis is often treated with an injection of anti-inflammatory into the inflamed area. Another effective alternative is to give you feet a good long soak in a basin full of warm water with a cupful of apple cider vinegar. Then do some gentle scrubbing using a pumice stone to rid your feet of all that dead skin. By reducing pressure on the affected area, corns and calluses can be prevented to re-arise. You can do this by using a corn protector or wearing more comfy shoes. Continued pressure on the area will likely bring the corn or callus back. In addition to directly treating the problem, proper foot corn removal would not be complete without some form of prevention. Get a pair of comfortable shoes that does not put pressure on problem areas on the feet.

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