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Foot Pain

Foot Pain

Foot Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Everyone suffers occasional foot pain, but if your symptoms last over a week, they could affect your mobility and independence. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, pain management specialists Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, offer minimally invasive treatment for foot pain, including prescription medication, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule a foot pain appointment, or book your visit online.

Foot Pain Q & A

What is foot pain?

Foot pain is discomfort, aching, or soreness that affects any part of your foot, including the toes, arches, heels, and soles.

Each of your feet contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and dozens of muscles and ligaments. These tissues support the weight of your body, assist with balance and posture, and promote independence.

Your feet are tough, but if pain makes it hard to stand, walk, or complete routine activities, contact Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute immediately.

What causes foot pain?

Foot pain develops for various reasons, including:

  • Gout (a form of arthritis usually affecting the big toe joint)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fallen arches (flat feet)
  • Hammertoe
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Warts
  • Bunions
  • Calluses and corns
  • Diabetes complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Excess weight (including obesity)

Sometimes, your lifestyle contributes to foot pain. For example, if your job requires you to stand most of the day, you’ll likely experience foot and ankle pain.

When should I see a pain specialist about foot pain?

Make an appointment at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute if you have foot pain that continues for more than a few days, even after treatments like ice, rest, and elevation. That’s particularly true if the pain is severe, prevents you from putting weight on the foot, or occurs alongside an open wound (like a diabetic ulcer).

How is foot pain diagnosed?

Your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when the foot pain started, what part of your foot is affected, and what the pain feels like.

Your provider assesses your posture and how you walk and examines your foot and ankle. They check for bruising, redness, and swelling and gently press on your heels, soles, and toes to identify sensitive areas.

If your provider suspects an underlying problem, like a fracture or a dislocated joint, they order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. Imaging procedures confirm the source of your pain and help guide treatment.

How is foot pain treated?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute takes a conservative and minimally invasive approach to treating foot pain. Your provider could recommend:

  • Wearing a cast or a splint
  • Wart removal
  • Physical therapy
  • Wound care (for a diabetic ulcer)
  • Wearing comfortable, roomy shoes
  • Using a cane or a walker
  • Stretching before and after exercise
  • Regenerative medicine (for example, platelet-rich plasma PRP)
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Activity changes like ice and rest

Most foot pain improves with conservative care, but if your symptoms continue or get worse, your provider will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to explore the treatments for foot pain, or book your visit online.