There are many structures working together to create and support the arch of the foot including bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and the plantar fascia tissue. Arches help balance the body and bear its weight, while providing the stiffness and thrust the body needs to walk and run. Arches can become overly stressed or damaged from the constant pressure they are under and suffer from painful muscle strains, ligament sprains, stress fractures and inflammatory arthritis. Arch pain may even be caused by direct trauma or inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the feet that support the arch (plantar fasciitis). If you are experiencing arch pain, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist. The course of treatment for your arch pain will depend on its cause and severity, as well as what your podiatrist determines after examining you, and performing certain tests and diagnostics.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Marrero, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.