Foot Pain with Trinity Orthopedics
Foot pain is a very common complaint in orthopedics. It can have many causes, ranging from ingrown toenails and fallen arches to fallen arches and broken bones. Pain in the foot can result from a problem with any part of the foot.
Bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, etc., can all be the source of your foot pain. Narrowing it down to location and considering the most common causes of foot pain can help quite a bit with diagnosing your foot pain. Treatment will vary with each condition, but typically our Fort Worth doctors are able to develop a pain management and physical therapy regimen that will help patients cope.
Plantar fasciitis: This is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. With plantar fasciitis, it becomes irritated or inflamed. Heel pain and arch pain are the most common symptoms and typically are worst in the morning when getting out of bed.
Heel spurs: These are abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of the heel bone. They may be caused by an abnormal gait, posture, or walk, inappropriate shoes, or even just certain activities. Spurs tend to cause foot pain while walking or standing. Although one of ten people may have heel spurs, only one in twenty might feel foot pain. People with flat feet or high arches are more likely to have foot pain caused by heel spurs.
Stone bruise: This is a bruise on the pad of the heel. It generally comes about after stepping on a stone or other hard object.
Fracture: The heel bone is the most commonly fractured foot bone. It is usually caused by a high impact to the heel. Injuries range from a crack from a workout to a shattered bone form an accident. Symptoms include heel pain, bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking.
Metatarsalgia: This is pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. It is usually caused by shoes that don’t fit properly or strenuous activity.
Morton’s neuroma: This condition involves the tissue around the nerve between the bases of the toes becoming thick. Common symptoms include foot pain, numbness over the ball of the foot, and odd sensations in the area. This is more common in women and may result from high heels or tight shoes.
Sesamoiditis: This occurs when the tendons around the big toe are injured and become inflamed.
Plantar fasciitis: This is the most common cause of arch pain. As mentioned in heel pain, the plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. With plantar fasciitis, it becomes irritated or inflamed. Heel pain and arch pain are the most common symptoms and typically are worst in the morning when getting out of bed.
Fallen arches: Also known as “flat feet,” this condition occurs when the arches of your feet flatten out. This can be treated with shoe inserts, adjustments, rest with ice, a brace, or physical therapy. In some cases, surgery is necessary.
Arthritis (including gout): This can cause pain in the toes. Gout causes inflammation where crystals are deposited in joints and cause severe pain and swelling.
Bunion: A bunion is a bony growth along the edge of the foot. Anyone can develop bunions, and they are typically caused by poorly fitted footwear.
Hammer toe: This occurs when the joint in the toes is bent and creates a hammer-like appearance. Tight shoes are the most common cause of hammer toe.
Claw toe: Claw toe presents itself in the joint at the end of a toe, not allowing the toe to straighten and making it point up or down. As a result, irritation of the feet may develop without special footwear.
Ingrown toenails: These occur when skin on one or both sides of the toenail grows over the nail. They can be painful and lead to infections.
Turf toe: This refers to pain at the base of the big toe and results from overuse in athletic activities, usually caused by strain from running or jumping.
Toe fracture: These are common fractures and can occur in any of the bones in the toes.
Sprain: A sprain tends to occur when you jam or stub your toe, damaging the tendon or soft tissue.
Arthritis: Hallux rigidus is a degenerative arthritis at the base of the big toe. Symptoms are pain and stiffness that worsen over time.
Corns: These are thick buildups of skin on a spot that is irritated or has a lot of pressure placed on it.
Callus: Like corns, a callus a buildup of tough skin that presents itself in response to irritation or pressure. The main difference is that a callus covers a wider area.
Sesamoid fracture: This is a fracture of small bones embedded in the tendons that attach to the big toe. The main symptom is pain in and around the big toe. For serious sesamoid fractures, surgery may be necessary.