The feet, being the foundation of the body, carry all of the body’s weight. Therefore, they are prone to experiencing pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing foot pain, it is important to determine where in the foot you are experiencing this pain to help discover the cause of it. While pain can be experienced virtually anywhere in the foot, the most common sites are in the heel and ankle.
Heel pain can be due to a multitude of conditions including plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, and heel spurs. Pain experienced in the ankle can be a sign of an ankle sprain, arthritis, gout, ankle instability, ankle fracture, or nerve compression. In more serious cases, the pain can be a sign of improper alignment or an infection.
Pain in one or both feet can also be accompanied by symptoms including redness, swelling, stiffness and warmth in the affected area. Whether the pain can be described as sharp or dull depends on the foot condition behind it. It is important to visit a Tri-County Foot & Ankle podiatrist if the pain and its accompanying symptoms persist and do not improve over time.
Everyday Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.
It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
Depending on the location and condition of your pain, your TCFA physician may prescribe certain treatments. These treatments can include but are not limited to prescription or over-the-counter drugs and medications, cortisone injections, or surgery.
If you are experiencing persistent pain in your feet, it is important to consult with your physician at one of the two Tri-County Foot & Ankle offices in The Villages® to determine the cause and location. They will then prescribe the best treatment for you. While milder cases may respond well to rest and at-home treatments, more serious cases may take some time to fully recover.
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