Foot pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that affects people of all ages and activity levels. At Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates, in Mission Viejo, California, the team of expert podiatrists diagnoses and treats foot pain using safe, effective means. Following a comprehensive consultation, they can pinpoint the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan to help you feel better. Book online to schedule an appointment, or call the office today.
Foot pain refers to any aching, stiffness, or general discomfort that affects your toes, heels, arches, or soles. It can range from mild to severe and interfere with your day-to-day life.
Most foot pain responds to conservative at-home treatments, including ice, rest, and over-the-counter medication. If your symptoms persist or get worse, seek help from a qualified podiatrist.
The team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates treats foot pain caused by various problems, including:
They also treat foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, a common wear-and-tear injury characterized by an aching or throbbing heel.
Anyone can experience foot pain, but several factors may increase your risk. For example, you might experience foot pain if you’re an athlete or physically active individual who runs, plays soccer, or skis.
You might also experience foot pain due to a job that requires you to stay on your feet for long periods. Health problems can also play a role. If you’re overweight or obese, your feet must support additional pounds. This extra weight can take a toll on your arches and heels, resulting in swelling and inflammation.
The team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates diagnose foot pain by physically examining your feet, toes, and ankles, asking about your symptoms and lifestyle, and reviewing your medical history.
They also ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10 and have you stand up and walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture.
If these steps don’t provide enough insight into your condition, they order diagnostic imaging like X-rays or an MRI. These procedures provide detailed pictures of the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet and ankles.
Treatment of foot pain depends on the underlying cause and intensity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, the team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates recommends conservative methods of care like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), wearing comfortable, supportive shoes, and stretching before and after exercise.
If your foot pain persists or gets worse, the team might recommend custom orthotics, a cast, or physical therapy. In rare instances, surgical intervention might be necessary.
To learn more about the treatment of foot pain, request a consultation at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.