The pain in your feet is unending. It centers on your heel and arch, and it is most acute when you rise in the morning or after you have been sitting for a long time. What's the source of this discomfort? At Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, Dr. John Murphy treats all kinds of foot pain. Read about some of the common causes and interventions here!
Causes of foot pain
The most common one is plantar fasciitis. An aching discomfort, plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the connective tissue on the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia connects the heel to the base of the toes, and it's prone to develop this condition when people:
- Are on their feet for long intervals
- Pronate their feet excessively toward the midline
- Engage in sports such as running, tennis, and dancing
- Have very tight calf muscles
- Don't stretch before gym workouts
Rest and ice help relieve this foot pain, says your podiatrist in Ellicott City. So do over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, orthotics (especially heel cups) and shoes with sturdy arch support.
Dr. Murphy sometimes advises in-office EPAT, or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology. This minimally-invasive, FDA-approved therapy sends acoustic pressure waves into the bottom of the foot, reducing scar tissue and speeding healing through increased circulation.
People with plantar fasciitis often have accompanying bone spurs on the heel, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. If the problem with the plantar fascia is corrected, the pain from the spur usually resolves without any need for surgery.
Another common podiatric ailment is onychocryptosis, or an ingrown toenail. Caused by nail irritation, fungus, and incorrect nail trimming, this painful problem leads to substantial discomfort, particularly if the toe becomes reddened, swollen, or infected.
Partial nail avulsion, or removal, solves the problem. Dr. Murphy also advises shoes with wide toe boxes and straight-across trimming of all toenails.
Finally, bunions are an arthritic deformity involving the base joint of the big toe. Age, tight shoes, and heredity all contribute to the pain, rigidity, and resulting immobility of bunions.
Some bunions require surgery to remove the bump on the foot and to re-align the big toe. However, many bunions also respond well to:
- Low-heeled shoes with firm support in the arch
- Customized shoe inserts
- Shoe padding
- Callus and corn removal at the podiatrist's office
- Stretching exercises
Are you in pain?
Why not see what Dr. John Murphy at Maryland Podiatry Center can do for you? He offers the best in diagnostics and treatment options for a wide variety of podiatric conditions, including foot pain. Call the office today for an appointment:(410) 992-8504.