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