Foot pain is not really a disease or illness but is the sign of an underlying problem and is rather a symptom. Pain in the foot is a sign of either some injury or harm to your foo. Usually there is a pain in the heels, bone or even on your soles, which means trouble standing, walking and doing similar exercises. Swelling can accompany pain.
HOW IS FOOT PAIN DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician will first conduct a close physical examination and if found necessary, an X-ray might be taken of the foot. If there is any internal damage to the ligament or bones this can be diagnosed through the X-ray. Consulting an Orthopedic might become essential in some cases if the pain persists and the diagnosis is incomplete.
HOW IS FOOT PAIN TREATED?
Treatment depends on the exact cause of the foot pain. Treatment may include:
• A cast, in case of a broken bone
• Removal of plantar warts, corns, or calluses by a foot specialist
• Orthotics, or shoe inserts
• Physical therapy to relieve tight or overused muscles
• Foot surgery
DID YOU KNOW?
Diabetes can also cause complications and several disorders of the feet. People with diabetes are more prone to:
• foot ulcers or sores
• nerve damage in the feet
• clogged or hardened arteries in the legs and feet
The risk of foot pain is more in cases when people:
• are overweight
• are obese
• are pregnant
• have a foot injury such as a sprain, fracture, or tendinitis