Foot pain that interferes with your daily activities is a sign that you need prompt medical attention. Daniel Mallett, DPM, at Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic has years of experience providing comprehensive pain relief and foot care for people in Parker, Colorado. If chronic foot pain is preventing you from fully participating in an active lifestyle, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Your foot is a more complex structure than you may realize, and the causes of foot pain are plentiful. You may experience foot pain due to conditions such as:
Anything that causes inflammation of the ligaments or tendons in your foot can also be a source of chronic pain. Additionally, other medical conditions like peripheral neuropathy or diabetes may also cause foot pain.
If you have severe pain and swelling as the result of a foot injury, seek immediate medical attention to determine if you have broken bones.
You should also seek professional treatment for open foot wounds that won’t heal. Also, it’s important to see Dr. Mallett if you have signs of an infection, such as redness or tenderness in the area accompanied by a fever.
Treatment for foot pain largely depends on your specific symptoms, and Dr. Mallett provides expert diagnosis and the latest in-office techniques. He emphasizes conservative care and education about your foot condition or injury to help you overcome pain long-term.
Treatment options include:
Physical therapy includes prescribed exercises, which help you improve muscle support for your foot. This, in turn, reduces your pain.
NSAIDs reduce the inflammation (the cause of most foot pain) around your injured tissue. Reducing inflammation also reduces swelling.
Immobilization means keeping your foot stable so it can heal. This usually involves a cast, boot, or brace.
Custom orthotics can reposition your foot to keep it in the ideal position as you heal. These customized shoe inserts can also minimize your pain and reduce your risk of injury in the future.
Cortisone injections are a stronger version of oral anti-inflammatory drugs. Dr. Mallett injects the cortisone directly into the area of pain so it can take fast effect and then last for as long as several months.
If these conservative options aren’t adequate, Dr. Mallett may recommend surgery to correct an underlying problem. For example, surgery might be needed to rebuild a ligament that won’t heal using conservative care.
Dr. Mallett treats all aspects of foot pain so you can find relief and get back to living life to the fullest. If you suffer from chronic foot pain and you’re ready to explore treatment options, call Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic or request an appointment using the online booking system.