Why should you visit a Podiatrist for Foot Pain?
A podiatrist has the skills and qualifications required to detect all disorders related to the foot. He is therefore able to identify – and also to treat – a foot condition (within his area of expertise).
Thus, the podiatrist first diagnoses and then treats such complications, in addition to giving advice on the health and hygiene of the feet. The solutions may be medical, surgical, or orthopedic.
There are many sources of foot pain. They can be connected to a number of anatomical abnormalities: (flat feet, hammer toes, bunions, etc.), skin disorders (warts, corns and calluses, athlete's foot), toenail problems (ingrown toenails), and inflammation (plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, capsulitis, and so on).
Neglecting the symptoms of such conditions increases the risk of complications. Ignoring issues related to foot pain can result in premature exhaustion during an activity, a wide range of different pain, postural and gait disorders, as well as various infections.
There are different types of treatments depending on the type and severity of the anomaly to treat. Then, depending on the given diagnosis, your podiatrist will recommend the appropriate treatment for your foot pain, which may consist, for example, applying cream, wearing braces, taking medication, or to resort to surgery or laser.
Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch of the foot. It typically causes severe pain in the heel and is often the result of sudden physical or environmental changes, such as weight gain, training for a new sport, wearing inappropriate footwear, etc.
On the other hand, a heel spur is an outgrowth of the heel bone. It can be the result of untreated plantar fasciitis, which is the actual source of heel pain.
To avoid getting a plantar fasciitis, it is essential to do some stretching exercises before exerting the foot muscles. Wearing proper shoes, as well as applying ice, can help reduce the foot pain caused by this condition.
If these preventive strategies are not effective, cortisone injections, surgery, and wearing braces or splints can relieve the pain caused by the plantar fasciitis.
These support devices are intended to spread the pressure points throughout the entire foot during repetitive movements. They ensure that the feet are not put under too much stress, which avoids a worsening of the problem and the emergence of new injuries.
Other types of inflammation – such as tendinitis, bursitis, and capsulitis – can be treated similarly. Lower back and knee pain, fractures, Morton's neuroma, and other conditions are also treatable clinically.
This will enable you to practice your favorite sports without the chronic foot pain caused by inflammation.