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?
The diagnosis involves a thorough check-up by a general physician. Normally, people avoid medical intervention with foot pain. But if the pain is such that it is disrupting your everyday activities, you need to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Foot x-rays, MRI or a bone scan may be taken to further investigate.
HOW IS FOOT PAIN TREATED?
Treatment of foot pain depends on the symptoms and the cause. If it is a mild pain due to wrong sitting position or a minor fall, home treatment consisting of application of warm compress may be enough. In case of severe pain, pain relieving medication and bandaging of the foot may be required.
Fractures may require placing the feet in a cast.
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