Do you know why you suddenly have aches and pains in your feet? Unfortunately, the cause of foot pain isn't always obvious. Your Denver, CO, podiatrists, Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick, can determine the source of your pain and offer effective treatment options.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. The condition occurs when a tough band of connective tissue called the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. The fascia runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heels.
Orthotics, steroid injections, shockwave therapy, night splints and physical therapy are among the treatments foot doctors offer for plantar fasciitis. If your condition is severe or doesn't respond to other treatments, surgery may be needed to reduce tension and inflammation in the fascia.
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis doesn't just affect your knees and hands but may also occur in the joints of your feet. Over-the-counter pain medication and ice may help initially, but if your condition worsens, you may need to see your Denver foot doctor.
Your podiatrist can design custom orthotics that cushion your foot, redistribute your weight and decrease pressure when you wear shoes. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections may also be helpful. If arthritis causes severe pain or interferes with your daily life, you may benefit from surgery.
Flat foot can cause pain in your arches, heels, ankles, knees, hips and lower back. Walking, standing and running without proper arch and foot support can aggravate your condition.
Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics or orthopedic shoes that provide much-needed support for your arches. Steroid injections may be helpful if you have severe pain. Luckily, most people don't need surgery for flat feet.
Do you have a bony bump on the base of your big toe? You may have a bunion. The condition occurs when the joint moves out of alignment. Slowing bunion progression and reducing pain is the goal of treatment. Orthotics and night splints can improve the alignment of your foot, while adhesive pads can decrease pressure on your foot when you wear shoes. Shoes should be roomy enough to easily accommodate your bunion. If your bunion worsens, you may need surgery to remove it and realign your joints.
A visit to the podiatrist can relieve your foot pain. Call your Denver, CO, podiatrists, Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick at (303) 355-1695 to schedule your appointment.