There are many ways to cause irritation and sharp pain in your foot and ankle. Things like inflammation of the bones, ligaments and tendons along with arthritis, injury to nerves and pain from overuse. Painful foot and ankle conditions or injuries can range from minor to severe. To receive the right diagnosis and treatment, you should always be evaluated by a podiatrist.
Why a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist specializes in the foot and ankle. A skilled podiatrist will have the knowledge and tools to properly diagnose your pain so that you can find relief with the right treatment.
Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain
The following are common conditions or injuries that can cause foot and ankle pain:
- Rupture of Achilles tendon
- Broken toe
- Flat feet
- Nerve damage caused by diabetes
- Wearing heels or poor fitting shoes
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stress fractures
The Achilles tendon is one of the largest tendons in our body. When this tendon ruptures, the inflammation can cause pain. This is usually caused by overuse, stress from wearing high heels or lack of stretching before exercising. Symptoms include a burning pain, tenderness during activity and could become a chronic issue over time. Constant stress will just worsen the pain and could cause micro tears. The best treatment is to use ice, rest and take possible anti-inflammatory medications. If the issue is severe and continue, see a podiatrist for a customized treatment plan.
Plantar Fasciitis is irritation to the plantar fascia, the structure that supports the natural arch of your foot. The thick band of connective tissue can be painful when irritated and can cause a stabbing sensation along with regular foot pain. Repetitive stress is the main cause of Plantar Fasciitis. You will need to rest, apply ice, take anti-inflammatory medications and use special orthotics. If severe enough, physical therapy and possible surgery is needed. Always be evaluated by a podiatrist to find out the right treatment plan.
Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona
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