Why Do My Feet Hurt?
Have you been trying to cope with ongoing foot pain because you believe it will eventually settle down on its own? While it can be common, persistent foot pain is not normal. Depending on which part of the foot is the primary pain generator, many foot issues can be effectively treated with conservative care, without injections or surgery. Here is a list of some of the most common foot problems, and how the healthcare professionals at CURAVITA Health Group can help you break the cycle of pain and accelerate your recovery.
Plantar Fasciitis (pain in the sole of the foot)
Also known as plantar fasciopathy, plantar fasciitis is the source of the most common foot complaint. Symptoms can include but are not limited to pain at the base of the heel where the arch meets the heel bone, pain that’s worse with the first steps in the morning and after periods of rest, and pain that eases following a short time moving around but also tends to increase as the day goes on. Orthotics, which will improve arch support throughout the day, can be a helpful treatment for this condition, as well as shockwave and soft tissue therapy.
Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
Metatarsalgia is characterized by pain in the forefoot area, which is also known as the ball of the foot or the area at the base of the toes. Symptoms can include possible numbness and/or tingling in the area, due to swelling and nerve irritation. Metatarsal pads underneath the forefoot can help support the joints and improve weight distribution with this condition along with ultrasound and soft tissue therapy.
Achilles Tendonitis (pain in the back of the heel)
Achilles tendonitis, also known as calcaneal tendinopathy, is characterized by pain and possible inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Pain is mainly felt in the back of the heel, where the tendon attaches to the heel bone. A useful treatment for this condition is a temporary heel lift to shorten the tendon. Shockwave therapy is also an effective treatment to aid in the healing process of this tendinopathy.
Hallux Valgus (bunions)
Hallux Valgus, also known as bunions, is characterized by a shift of the big toe towards the smaller toes of the foot. Symptoms can include pain and stiffness in the big toe joint, and a bony protrusion (bunion) at the base of the toe on the side of the foot. Toe spacers can assist with improving alignment and joint positioning with this condition.
There’s no need to suffer from chronic foot pain. The healthcare professionals at CURAVITA Health Group can help you break the cycle of pain and accelerate your recovery. We can teach you specific and effective stretches and exercises, apply hands-on soft tissue therapy where you need it most, and use modalities such as shockwave therapy and ultrasound. We can also make footwear recommendations and provide custom-made orthotics to ensure the proper fit for your feet. Contact our Byward (613-867-8600) or Glebe (613-237-9000) clinics today to develop and implement an individualized treatment plan that will get you back to all your activities.