Every day, the intricate network of bones, joints, and muscles in your feet support the weight of your body and assist you in activities such as walking, running, and climbing stairs. Unfortunately, wear-and-tear over the years often leads to foot pain.

At Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists, in Portage and Three Rivers, Michigan, experienced foot and ankle specialist Michael Maskill, DPM, and the team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of foot pain. If foot pain is getting in the way of your daily life, make an appointment by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool.

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What causes foot pain?

Foot pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that affects millions of men, women, and children. Although your feet are strong enough to support the weight of your entire body, they aren’t immune from injury. Foot pain can occur anywhere in your foot from your toes to your Achilles tendon.

Common causes of foot pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Heel spurs

You might also develop foot pain as a result of a sports-related injury or chronic health condition such as diabetes.

What are the symptoms of foot pain?

The symptoms of foot pain vary from person to person and depend on the underlying cause. Sometimes foot pain is sharp, stabbing, and electric-like; other times, it’s dull and throbbing. If your foot pain is the result of poor circulation or peripheral neuropathy, you might also experience tingling, numbness, increased sensitivity, or trouble keeping your balance.

When should I visit the doctor regarding foot pain?

Most mild cases of foot pain resolve on their own with rest, ice, and elevation. However, if home care doesn’t improve your symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment with Dr. Maskill and the team at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists.

You should seek immediate medical attention for foot pain associated with:

Severe pain
Severe swelling
An open wound
A fever

You should also make an appointment at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists if you’re unable to walk or put weight on your foot, or if you have diabetes or chronic venous insufficiency and a cut or ulcer isn’t healing.

How is foot pain diagnosed?

To diagnose foot pain, Dr. Maskill asks you questions about your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and does a physical exam. He might also ask you to stand up, sit down, and walk around the room to observe your gait and posture. If these measures don’t provide adequate insight, Dr. Maskill might also recommend taking a series of digital X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and underlying structures in your feet.

How is foot pain treated?

Treatment for foot pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. If your pain is the result of plantar fasciitis or another type of overuse injury, your doctor might recommend rest, physical therapy, custom orthotics, or wearing more comfortable, supportive footwear. For severe foot pain caused by a fracture or traumatic injury, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Don’t let foot pain prevent you from living an active, fulfilling life. Make an appointment at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool today.

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