What Causes Chronic Foot Pain?
When our feet hurt, the pain is typically localized to the arch, heel, toe, or the ball of the foot. Chronic foot pain can appear at any age and be caused by a number of factors, including:
- A broken foot or toe
- Bone spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet
- Stress fractures
- Sports injuries
- Muscle strain
How Can I Relieve Chronic Foot Pain?
It’s important to note that if you injure your foot, have diabetes, or notice your foot is intensely swollen, don’t try to treat your pain at home. See a qualified podiatrist for a thorough evaluation.
- Follow The RICE Protocol
RICE stands for rest, ice, compress, elevate. Find a comfortable place to lie down and wrap your foot in a compression bandage, elevate it on some pillows, and apply ice to the affected area. Keep the ice on for 20 minutes at a time, then take a 20 minute break. Repeat as often as needed.
- Give Yourself A Deep Foot Massage
Press your knuckles into the bottom of your foot and gently but firmly knead it, as you would if you were making bread. You can also hold your foot in both of your hands and press your thumbs into your skin, pulling your toes back and forth as you go.
- Switch Your Shoes
The culprit behind your chronic foot pain could very well be your shoes. Most sneakers typically wear down after about 400 miles of use, and can no longer provide adequate support. Flip-flops, high heels, and other shoes that don’t have adequate arch support can damage your feet as well. Make sure you replace your footwear regularly with the type of shoe that is best suited to your foot size, shape, and lifestyle.
- Consider Custom Orthotics
Orthotics are specially made inserts that mold perfectly to your feet. They are commonly used by those that suffer from rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, diabetes, heel spurs, bunions, and many other common conditions.
When Should I See A Doctor For Chronic Foot Pain?
If your foot pain is a result of overuse, be sure to rest and ice the affected area. However, if you experience one or more of the following symptoms, make an appointment with a podiatrist at San Antonio Podiatry today.
- Swelling that does not improve after two to five days of home treatment
- Pain that does not improve after several weeks
- Burning, tingling, or numbness in the bottom of your foot
If you have chronic foot pain or a foot/ankle injury that needs attention, the physicians at San Antonio Podiatry can help. We have years of experience diagnosing and treating sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and much more. Check out our locations to find an office near you. Book an appointment online with one of our podiatrists, or call 210-405-7672.