Almost 80% of Americans have experienced foot pain at some point in their lives. If ignored, foot pain can affect your mobility and cause long-term complications. Kriti Puthenpurakal, DPM, is a podiatric specialist at American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Naperville, Illinois. She has years of experience working with foot problems. Don’t put off getting treatment; make an appointment today by booking online or calling the practice.
Foot pain refers to any pain in your toes, arches, soles, and heels. Each foot has over 100 muscles, 30 joints, and 26 bones, which means there are plenty of opportunities for you to injure any of these areas. Foot pain can range from mild to severe and can last for a short period or be ongoing.
Ignoring foot pain can lead to long-term complications. Dr. Puthenpurakal has years of experience diagnosing and treating foot conditions and can help restore your former mobility.
Foot pain is usually a result of lifestyle choice or a medical condition.
You do many things in your everyday life that can cause foot pain. They include taking part in high-impact activities, like running and aerobics, and wearing tight, ill-fitting shoes or high-heeled shoes.
Several medical reasons cause foot pain, including:
If you have any of these conditions, pay attention to their side-effects. If you start experiencing foot pain, make an appointment with Dr. Puthenpurakal.
There are several ways you can prevent foot pain, including:
Wear suitable footwear when exercising, avoid flip-flops and loose sandals that don’t provide adequate support and protection, and limit the time you wear pointy and high-heeled shoes. If you have high arches, buy shoes with decent arch support or place inserts inside your shoes.
Take care when cutting your toenails. Trim straight across rather than cutting around the corners. And avoid walking around barefoot. You should also practice general foot hygiene.
Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight and warming up properly before taking part in vigorous exercise can help prevent foot pain.
Most of the time, you can treat foot pain by resting your foot for several days. However, you should consult Dr. Puthenpurakal if you experience a loss of circulation, signs of infection, bruising that lasts more than two weeks, and/or numbness. You can call the practice to make an appointment or book online today.