Foot pain is a frustrating condition which is often difficult do diagnose. However, understanding the signs and symptoms of some common foot conditions can help you and your doctor pinpoint the cause of your pain and find the best treatment plan for you. Find out more about foot conditions which could be causing your pain with Dr. Barry Finkelstein at NYNJ Foot And Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY.
Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon, which runs from the heel up the back of the calf to connect the muscles, becomes inflamed. This condition is usually the result of overuse and occurs often in runners who suddenly increase the length or intensity of their runs. The symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include pain and tenderness in the leg and down the back of the heel. Treatments for this condition include medications, physical therapy exercises and stretches, or, in severe cases, surgery.
Ankle instability occurs after repeatedly spraining the ankle. The ankle gives way, turning and causing pain and tenderness. You may experience continued discomfort and pain. Physical therapy, wearing a brace, and anti-inflammatory medications are often used to treat ankle instability.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and affects the plantar fascia, a ligament which runs from the toes to the heel of the foot. This condition causes pain, irritation and swelling of the heel, and is often worst while taking the first steps of the day after waking up. Prescription orthotics worn inside the shoes, physical therapy exercises and specialized stretches can help treat the pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis.
Neuromas are benign growths affecting the ball of the foot. Most people suffering from neuromas describe the condition as feeling as though there is a pebble inside of their shoe. The condition often causes a burning or sharp pain and irritation. Treating neuromas involves therapy to help reduce the pressure placed on the nerve, steroid injections, and, in extreme cases, the removal of the affected nerve altogether.
For more information on these conditions and more, please contact NYNJ Foot And Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY. Call (718) 881-7990 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!