Are you worried about your Foot Pain?
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Your feet are constantly put under stress through weight bearing and physical activity, making them susceptible to many different types of injury and infection, from bone and soft tissue injuries to nerve damage and skin infections. It can be important to diagnose and remedy these issues as soon as possible, so that you can get back to normal.
For soft tissue injuries like sprains and bruises there several things that you can do to help yourself.
Rest - Put your feet up and have a rest. Avoid unnecessary physical activity, weight bearing or stress.
Ice - Using ice packs on the area of injury to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Compress - Wrapping the foot in a bandage or compression sleeve (not too tight)
Elevate - Lying down with the foot raised and supported can also help to alleviate pain and reduce further swelling.
If your foot pain is having an effect on your daily life, you should consider seeking further medical assistance to get a full diagnosis and advice on treatment options, particularly if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Severe pain and swelling
- Discolouration, fever, and other signs of infection
- Oozing of pus from an open wound
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Avulsion fracture
- Bone spurs
- Broken foot
- Broken toe
- Bursitis (joint inflammation)
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage caused by diabetes)
- Gout (arthritis related to excess uric acid)
- Haglund's deformity
- Hammertoe and mallet toe
- High heels or poorly fitting shoes
- Ingrown toenails
- Morton's neuroma
- Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
- Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
- Paget's disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar warts
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Raynaud's disease
- Reactive arthritis
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
- Septic arthritis
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Can sciatica cause foot pain?
When suffering with sciatica is extremely likely you may be suffering with foot pain. Pain in the lower back due to sciatica can result in the pain moving all the way down your lower body into your foot. Foot pain may include
- Feelings of numbness
- Tingling sensation
Who should I see for foot pain?
If foot pain is affecting your daily life then you should book an appointment with one of our GP’s who will be able to discuss everything you are experiencing and ways to relieve the pain.