Foot health plays a crucial role in maintaining an active and mobile lifestyle as you age. Your feet serve as the foundation for your lower extremities. Any significant foot disorder can impact your ability to walk, perform daily activities, and even engage in mild exercise. Having foot pain can lead to changes in your gait, which can, over time, affect your ankles, knees, hips, and even your back. While aging naturally brings changes to your feet, including alterations in shoe size and structure, discomfort and pain should not be considered normal. Properly fitting, supportive, and comfortable shoes can help prevent issues such as corns, arch pain, and bunions. Certain occupations may require safety toed shoes that may help to avoid foot injuries. Practical steps to promote foot health include daily foot inspections, regular toenail maintenance, and walking in comfortable shoes. Addressing foot problems early and adopting preventive measures can reduce chronic pain, infections, hospital visits, and help you maintain your mobility. If you are having foot problems, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan that is right for you.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- 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
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 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 offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.