Find out whether your foot pain requires a proper medical evaluation.
There are many injuries, problems, and disorders that can lead to foot pain. That’s why it can often be difficult to figure out what’s going on. While foot pain may go away on its own, there are other times when the best approach will be to visit our Sparks, NV, podiatrist Dr. Douglas Doxey for treatment. Here’s what might be causing your foot pain and what we can do to help.
Causes of Foot Pain
The location of your foot pain can often tell us what might be causing your symptoms. You can develop pain anywhere in the foot but pain most commonly appears in the heels or arches of the foot. Some cases are minor and will go away on their own while others are chronic or require additional treatment. Common causes of foot pain include,
- Bone spurs
- Strains and sprains
- Achilles tendinitis (associated with heel pain)
- Plantar fasciitis (associated with heel pain)
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Ingrown toenail
- Plantar warts
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
If your foot pain is mild and isn’t the result of an injury then you may try to use simple at-home treatments to ease your symptoms. Of course, it’s time to visit our Sparks, NV, office as soon as possible if,
- You are dealing with severe pain or swelling
- Your foot pain is growing worse
- You also have an open wound or there is pus
- You are experiencing symptoms of an infection (warmth, tenderness, or a fever)
- You can’t put weight on the foot
- You have diabetes and are experiencing foot pain
While not a medical emergency, you should certainly schedule an appointment with us if you notice that symptoms aren’t responding to home treatment and rest within a couple of days, or if you notice weakness, numbness, or tingling in the affected foot.
Treating Foot Pain
When it comes to caring for your foot pain, the first line of defense is usually self-care. This includes,
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
If rest and at-home care doesn’t help, it may be time to consider other options. Depending on the cause of your foot pain, our podiatrists will create a customized treatment plan to help treat the condition and manage your symptoms.
Don’t let foot pain become the new norm. After all, we know how difficult it can be to go about your day when your feet are causing your grief. This is the perfect time to call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada's Sparks office at (775) 331-1919. Our foot specialists have what you need to care for your feet and ankles!