There are 26 delicate bones in each of your feet, supported by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia to enable movement and support your weight. When you consider how much you use your feet to move around, let alone exercise, it’s no surprise that foot pain is a common reason for visits to Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. If your feet hurt, call or book an appointment online today to meet with Matthew Paden, DPM, FACFAS, Dustin Kruse, DPM, MA, FACFAS, or Brett Sachs, DPM, FACFAS.
Your feet bear the brunt of every step you take. When you run or jump, that pressure increases by three or more times your body weight.
Your feet help you stand and keep you balanced. That’s a lot of work for a collection of 26 small bones with small fat pads for cushioning. Also, most people wear shoes that don’t fit properly or don’t adequately support your feet.
These factors combine to create a relatively high risk of injury, trauma, or degenerative conditions that result in foot pain.
A wide range of conditions and injuries can lead to foot pain. There are too many to detail, but some of the most common causes of foot pain are:
Arthritis can develop in any joint in your body. Not only can osteoarthritis wear away the cushioning cartilage from any of the 33 joints that make up your foot and ankle, but you can also develop rheumatoid arthritis or gout, which can cause severe foot pain.
When the connective tissue that stretches from your heel to your toes gets irritated or inflamed, you develop plantar fasciitis, which causes sharp pain to shoot up your heel when you take your first few steps in the morning.
A neuroma is a benign growth that surrounds and compresses a nerve. Neuromas often develop in the ball of your foot, and wearing poorly fitting or high-heeled shoes is known to contribute to neuroma development.
Tendonitis involves pain and inflammation in a tendon. It also causes stiffness and mobility issues. Achilles tendonitis is a common condition in runners, dancers, and other athletes who put a lot of stress on their Achilles tendon.
Your podiatrist at Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle Center will diagnose the condition behind your pain, then create a treatment plan to heal your foot and relieve your discomfort.
Many conditions benefit from rest and ice. Your podiatrist may also suggest that you change your footwear and use custom orthotics to ensure your feet have the support they need.
If you have foot pain, call or make an appointment online today.