There can be many reasons for foot pain. An acute injury, such as an ankle sprain, can result in foot pain or it can develop over time due to repeated stress and strain on the feet. Some common causes of foot pain include plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries, and bunions. At Cherry Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic in Denver, CO foot pain is diagnosed and treated by our experienced podiatrists, Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick.
One common source of foot pain is an injury to the heel, which can be the result of heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendinosis. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinosis are both conditions that can result from strained tissues or tendons in the heel area or along the bottom of the foot. Pain is typically felt on the bottom of the heel with plantar fasciitis and at the back of the heel with Achilles tendinosis. Heel spurs develop when calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel, which can cause significant pain and discomfort.
Ankle injuries are another common cause of foot pain. Sprained ankles and other ankle injuries that are not treated could lead to chronic pain and discomfort, as well as long-term ankle instability. Ankle sprains can occur when the foot and ankle move in different directions, which can result in ligaments being over-stretched or torn. The skilled podiatrists at our practice in Denver can treat foot pain caused by an ankle injury.
Bunions are a common source of significant foot pain for many adults. A bunion is a bone deformity that occurs when the big toe joint moves out of place. This dislocation causes the big toe to slant toward the smaller ones, resulting in a bony protrusion along the side of the foot which is called a bunion. Bunions can become easily inflamed and irritated as they rub against the interior of the shoes throughout the day, leading to persistent foot pain.
Treating Foot Pain
Several options are available for treating foot pain. Our knowledgeable podiatrist can recommend the right type of treatment based on the cause of your pain and discomfort. Custom orthotics that fit inside the shoes are an excellent method for treating heel injuries. Treatment for ankle injuries can include rest, ice, or compression bandages. In some cases, surgery might be needed. Bunions can be treated in several ways including the use of protective padding, orthotics shoe inserts, night splints, and exercises to improve joint mobility.
Our skilled podiatrists can diagnose the reason behind your foot pain and recommend an effective treatment option. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Costache or Dr. Melnick to discuss your foot pain, call Cherry Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic in Denver, CO at (303) 355-1695.