Foot pain can have many causes, from plantar fasciitis to gout! The foot is a critical player in our ability to absorb the shock of the earth with each step. Abnormal biomechanics of the foot lead to many of the disorders that patients come in complaining of. Of course, if you drop a brick on your foot, then you know the cause, but often the pains can seem mysterious.
Pain can range from burning to numbness & tingling to pain for the first few steps out of bed in the morning. Patients can have sharp stabbing pains, excruciating pain walking, difficulty bending their toes — the list goes on!
Diagnosing your foot pain
You can have foot pain from diabetic neuropathy, bunions, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, overpronation, oversupination, Morton's neuroma, metatarsalgia, tarsal tunnel syndrome, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, hip problems, knee problems, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, metabolic syndrome, spine problems, or even food sensitivities! This is why diagnosing the cause is so important.
Your non-surgical treatment options are as varied as the conditions that can be causing your foot pain. In order to determine the correct course of action, you must be thoroughly evaluated. Afterwards, we can have a discussion about what is causing your pain, if it is mechanical v.s. metabolic v.s. neurological, and what your options are.