Foot pain can be very painful and disruptive to your daily life. It can be caused by an injury, overuse, arthritis, diabetes and more. If your feet are hurting, the pain can impact your daily activities. There are a variety of conditions that can cause foot pain. Below we take a closer look at some of the common causes of foot pain:
Symptoms & Causes
Foot pain can be caused by bone spurs, gout, Plantar Fasciitis, arthritis, broken bones and even bunions. These are only a few common causes for pain, but there are many more reasons why your feet might hurt. Standing over prolonged periods of time and wearing the wrong footwear are some of the most common symptoms. An injury can cause inflammation surrounding the bones, ligaments or tendons in your foot causing pain. If you experience severe swelling or pain, have open wounds that are oozing pus, notice signs of infections or are unable to walk, you should talk to your healthcare provider.
Depending on what is causing the pain in your foot, there are a variety of treatment options. There are a variety of reasons why you may be experiencing foot pain. Exercise, physical therapy or changing your footwear are some of the best ways to relieve some foot pain. Specifically, these options can help relieve pain from bone spurs, which are calcium deposits causing a bony protrusion. Gout, which is a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream, can be treated with non steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. Plantar Fasciitis, which causes pain on the bottom of the heel, is caused by inflammation of the band of tissue (also called a fascia) at the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel to the toes. The condition can be treated with ice, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs and in acute cases with cortisone injections. If you suffer from bunions, pain-relieving medication might help reduce swelling and relieve the pain. Sometimes cortisone injections might be necessary. Broken bones in the foot also can cause pain while walking or standing. To find out the best treatment option for your specific pain, contact your healthcare provider.