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Why Do My Feet Hurt?

The feet provide shock absorption to the body, and foot pain is often difficult to ignore. Research has shown that approximately 75 percent of people across the country will have some type of foot pain at different points in their lives. There are various reasons why foot pain can occur, including wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, and poor foot function and pain have been linked to obesity.  Additionally, the feet can change as the aging process occurs, possibly causing the connective tissue to loosen, which may cause pain and discomfort. Specific medical conditions can cause foot pain, consisting of bunions, ingrown toenails, and Achilles tendonitis. Patients who are afflicted with a broken foot, plantar warts, or gout may experience foot pain, and prompt medical attention is often sought. There are many reasons to have this type of pain, and it is important that the cause is determined, which is followed by beginning the correct treatment. Mild treatment techniques can include wearing cushioned shoes, massaging the feet, and frequently elevating the affected foot. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively determine the reason why, and offer the treatment option that is right for you.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Gerald McCool, DPM from McCool Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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