Your feet are under pressure most of the time, supporting your body weight and keeping you mobile. When you develop persistent foot pain you can’t treat on your own, Adam Nguyen, DPM, can help. At Family Foot & Ankle Care in Lubbock, Texas, Dr. Nguyen provides comprehensive care and conservative treatment plans to address any underlying causes of foot pain. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for persistent foot pain, call Family Foot & Ankle Care today.
Foot pain can be the result of trauma to the bones or soft tissues in your foot, from degenerative diseases like arthritis or from changes in your foot structure due to aging.
You might also be at increased risk for foot pain if you work in a manual labor job or participate in sports that require repetitive movements.
Some of the common causes of foot pain that Dr. Nguyen treats include:
You might also experience persistent foot pain from wearing shoes that don’t fit well or shoes that don’t support your foot and ankle.
It’s normal to feel some foot discomfort after strenuous exercise or an increase in activity, but if your pain isn’t resolving with rest, you should schedule an evaluation at Family Foot & Ankle Care.
You also need a medical evaluation if you have foot pain that’s worsening even with treatment, or you notice other symptoms in addition to pain, such as:
The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely it is that Dr. Nguyen can treat your condition with conservative therapies.
To better understand the cause of your foot pain, Dr. Nguyen reviews your personal and family medical history, your existing health, and the activities you were doing at the start of your pain.
In addition to a physical exam of your foot, Dr. Nguyen might request X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to get a closer look at the inner structures of your foot.
Based on the results of your testing, he creates a treatment plan to relieve your pain and preserve the health and function of your foot.
To provide long-term relief of foot pain, Dr. Nguyen focuses on conservative therapies to address the underlying cause of your foot pain. These therapies include medications, orthotics, and minimally invasive surgery.
Prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories can relieve pain that results from a variety of conditions, including arthritis, bursitis, and neuromas.
If oral medicines aren’t enough to treat your pain, Dr. Nguyen might recommend steroid injections that deliver the medication directly into your foot.
Orthotics are medical devices that stabilize and support your foot to treat flat feet, bunions, and hammertoe. There are a variety of orthotics available, including inserts that fit into your shoe to reduce pressure on your feet and keep your bones properly aligned.
Some conditions, like fractures and bunions in advanced stages, aren’t treatable with conservative therapies and may require surgery. Dr. Nguyen uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to make repairs, realign your bones, and preserve the function of your foot without causing unnecessary trauma to your tissues.
To find out which treatment option is right for your foot pain, call Family Foot & Ankle Care or book an appointment online today.