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When to See a Doctor for Foot Pain

By: Podiatry, Inc |

Photo Of A Foot In A Boot - Podiatry Inc.While minor aches and pains in the feet may come and go, certain types of foot pain may signify a more serious injury or health problem. A podiatrist can determine the cause of the pain and recommend effective treatment options.

Foot Pain Symptoms to Take Seriously

In many cases, foot pain can be treated using the RICE method: Rest, apply ice, compress, and elevate. However, individuals should seek medical attention if they experience:

  • Severe foot pain that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning pain
  • Pain that persists for longer than two weeks.
  • Severe swelling or any swelling that persists for longer than five days
  • An open wound or any signs of infection, including the presence of pus, redness, swelling, pain, or warm skin at the affected area
  • Pain accompanied by a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Inability to put weight on the foot and subsequent interference with daily activities

Conditions that Cause Foot Pain

Foot pain, whether minor or chronic, can have a variety of causes. Some factors include:

  • Lifestyle influences, such as poorly fitting shoes, overuse, or intensive exercise
  • Injury, including stress fractures, broken bones in the foot or ankle, Achilles tendonitis, and bone spurs
  • Medical conditions such as bursitis, bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic neuropathy, gout, osteoarthritis, plantar warts, peripheral neuropathy, and rheumatoid arthritis

It’s especially important for people who have diabetes and experience these symptoms to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Those experiencing any of these foot pain symptoms can seek advice and relief from a podiatrist, a doctor trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot and ankle. He or she will discuss current symptoms and medical history, conduct a physical examination, and possibly order imaging tests to obtain more information. Once a diagnosis is reached, a podiatrist will determine the proper treatment.

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