What causes foot pain?
There are numerous possible causes of foot pain, from fractures and structural abnormalities to ingrown toenails. Some common causes of neuromusculoskeletal foot pain include:
Plantar fasciitis causes intense tenderness and pain in the bottom of your heel. It’s due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue stretching from your heel to your toes that supports your arch.
Arthritis in the feet is most often due to either osteoarthritis (a wear-and-tear condition), rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disorder), or gout (a build-up of crystals in the big toe joints due to excess uric acid in your body).
Soft tissue damage
Soft tissues include muscles, ligaments, and tendons, any of which could suffer a sprain, strain, or tear.
Neuromas are thickened areas of nerve tissue. Morton’s neuroma is the most common type in the feet, developing between your third and fourth toes.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a complication many people with diabetes develop. The disease causes nerve damage in your feet that can result in burning sensations, pain, and numbness.
What problems does foot pain cause?
Foot pain can make it hard to work or enjoy leisure activities because so many of the things you do every day require you to bear weight on your feet. You might also have swelling in the affected foot that makes it difficult to put your shoes on.
If you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, you’re at higher risk of developing diabetic ulcers. These painful open sores are slow to heal, cause significant disability, and are prone to infection.
Foot pain also affects your ankles, knees, pelvis, and spine. This is because any effort to alter the way you walk or stand puts extra strain on the other joints. Most types of foot pain only get worse without treatment, so the sooner you visit Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas for help, the better.
How is foot pain treated?
Your foot pain treatment depends on its cause. Your provider at Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas first identifies the source of your foot pain and then selects the appropriate options.
Many types of foot pain benefit from physical therapy and treatments like therapeutic ultrasound. The team also offers innovative approaches like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and electric cell signaling therapy with the RST-Sanexas neoGEN® device.
For expert foot pain treatment, call Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas today or book an appointment online.