At first, a pain in the bottom of your foot can be easy to ignore. You take some aspirin, put your feet up at night, and stop wearing dress shoes for a few days. But as the weeks go by, you’re taking pain medication as soon as you wake up and declining social invitations because of your “bad” foot.
No matter how long your foot condition has been causing you pain, our podiatry clinic can pinpoint the source of the problem and devise a treatment plan that can get you back on your feet for good.
What Is Causing Your Chronic Foot Pain?
There are many different conditions that can cause you to suffer pain in the heel or arch of your foot. Some of the most common causes include:
- Flat feet. Commonly referred to as “fallen arches,” a flat foot does not have a properly curved arch, causing the bottom of the foot to contact the ground completely when standing. A flat foot will often pull on the ligament connecting the toes and the heel (the plantar fascia), causing intense arch pain. In most cases, shoe inserts (orthotics) can relieve the pressure on the ligament, restoring the patient’s mobility.
- Plantar fasciitis. If the strain on the plantar fascia continues, a patient may develop plantar fasciitis. This is a chronic condition caused by placing repeated stress on the ligament, either from sudden increase in your activity, walking long distances, or even standing for an extended period. Orthotics will often be needed to stop the plantar fascia from over-stretching, but the patient will likely need rest and pain management to relieve the inflammation in the ligament.
- Plantar fibromatosis. If you can feel a hard lump along the bottom of your foot, you may have a plantar fibroma—a non-cancerous growth on the plantar fascia that causes pain when walking. Although these nodules are not inherently dangerous, they can cause changes in your walking gait and throw off your natural posture, and usually do not get smaller on their own. Your podiatrist should evaluate the size, placement, and problems associated with your plantar fibroma to find the best solution.
- Stress fractures. Patients who are experiencing foot pain after increased exercise or foot trauma may have suffered a stress fracture. These small breaks in the bones of the foot can cause a great deal of pain, especially if patients continue to run, jump, or walk on their feet after injury.
- Posterior tibial tendonitis. Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons in the foot, and is commonly caused by overuse or after an injury. Patients who play soccer or tennis and those who enjoy jogging may suffer tibial tendonitis and experience pain along the bottom of the foot. If not treated quickly, patients may tear the tendon completely, causing the arch to fall and resulting in flat feet.
We Won’t Keep You Waiting to Relieve Your Foot Pain
If you have been suffering from foot pain for some time, you can take comfort in the fact that you do not have to wait another day for treatment. At Advanced Foot & Ankle, we can make same-day appointments with podiatrist Dr. Melissa Wawrzynek, allowing you to get the help you need as soon as you call us. Fill out our quick contact form to make an appointment, or contact us today at (610) 822-3900.