Why are your feet causing you so much discomfort?
Whether you are looking to get ready for a marathon or you are just interested in getting into some exercise routine, it’s important that you do this gradually otherwise you may find yourself dealing with some pretty unpleasant foot problems. If you are experiencing foot pain, our Tyler, TX, podiatrist Dr. James Kent is here to tell you what might be going on and how to handle the problem so it doesn’t get worse.
There are many reasons you may be experiencing foot pain. Common causes include:
- Strains and sprains
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar fasciitis (the most common cause of heel pain)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Flat feet
- Diabetic foot complications
- Fractured or broken bones
While small issues like blisters, corns and calluses will often go away on their own, if you are someone who has diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, even these seemingly minor problems need to be treated right away by our Tyler, TX podiatrist to ensure that it doesn’t get worse or cause serious complications. However, if you are a healthy individual, these minimal foot problems don’t often require professional care and can be treated with gentle, at-home measures.
Of course, if you are dealing with heel pain or pain anywhere in the foot you may just want to wait it out, but it’s important that you seek proper medical attention if the pain keeps you from being able to put weight on the foot or if pain doesn’t go away with at-home care.
If there is a structural imbalance within the foot you may not even notice it until a problem arises. In most cases, these issues appear as foot deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes. These problems occur gradually over time so you may not even realize that you are dealing with it until pain or structural changes in your foot set in. While these deformities can’t be repaired without surgery, many people can manage their symptoms and prevent these deformities from getting worse with non-surgical options such as wearing properly fitted shoes and custom orthotics, splinting or bracing the foot at night, or avoiding certain activities that can make symptoms worse.
Don’t let pain be the new norm for you. Foot pain can easily be managed or even completely eliminated. Let our podiatrist at East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers in Tyler, TX tackle your foot pain so you can go back to enjoying life.