Foot pain affects many people from many walks of life and, due to its variety, it can come from a myriad of sources. In fact, pinpointing the cause of your foot pain can be quite difficult on your own. Luckily, your Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrists can help you find a diagnosis and begin treatment to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Find out more about foot pain with Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry.
What causes foot pain?
While there are various causes for foot pain, some of the most common causes include:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendintis
- bone spurs
- flat feet
- stress fractures
- ingrown toenails
If your foot pain is severe, your foot is swollen, you cannot put any weight on your foot, you have a fever or diabetes or your pain is accompanied by an open wound and there are signs of an infection, you should seek immediate medical attention as soon as possible. If you have persistent foot pain which does not improve after a week or experience numbness or tingling, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Diagnosing Foot Pain
Pinpointing the exact cause of your pain will take some investigative work. Your doctor will suggest that you come in for a physical examination. At your exam, Dr. Chae gathers your family and medical history and visually examines your foot. If necessary, x-rays or MRIs can help Dr. Chae see any problems with your bones or their connective tissues. Be prepared to answer many questions about your lifestyle, activity level and daily routine.
Foot Pain Treatments in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN
Treatments for your foot pain will vary, depending on the reason behind it. Dr. Chae may begin with conservative treatments and work up to other, more complex methods. Some cases of foot pain resolve themselves with simple rest. Icing the foot or taking over-the-counter medications can help relieve pain and swelling. Your doctor may suggest prescription inserts for your shoes called orthotics or using a brace to help properly align the foot. Corticosteroid shots into the affected muscle or tendon may also help bring relief. In rare, severe cases, Dr. Chae may recommend surgery to correct the problem.
For more information on foot pain or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chae today!