There are many different causes of foot pain, which is why an accurate diagnosis is so important.
The specialists at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC) in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia, diagnose and treat all types of foot pain, including neuromas and gout. Most problems that cause foot pain don’t improve without treatment — if you’re in the Washington, DC, area, call or request an appointment online today.
Foot Pain Q & A
What are the common causes of foot pain? Back to top
If you suffer from foot pain, there are numerous injuries and conditions that may be the culprit. The expert providers at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center offer comprehensive care for the full spectrum of foot problems, including:
Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves in your feet. This painful condition most often affects the ball of your foot, and causes pain between or around the toes.
A neuroma may make you feel like there’s a pebble stuck in your shoe and cause burning pain that radiates from the ball of the foot into the toes. You may also feel numbness or tingling in the affected foot.
Symptoms of metatarsalgia are similar to those of Morton’s neuroma, including burning pain at the sole of your foot. Metatarsalgia generally occurs between your second and third toes while a neuroma most often involves the area between your third and fourth toe.
Both metatarsalgia and a neuroma may result from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or participating in high-impact activities like running.
A bone spur is a calcium deposit that develops along the edge of a bone. In your foot, the most common location for a bone spur is the heel. You may develop a heel spur as the result of another foot condition, such as osteoarthritis or plantar fasciitis.
Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Gout can affect any joint in your body, but it’s most common in the large joint of your big toe. Symptoms of gout include sudden, severe pain along with swelling and redness at the base of your big toe.
How is foot pain diagnosed? Back to top
To diagnose the cause of your foot pain, your provider at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center begins with a thorough physical exam and review of your medical history. Your provider may use many methods to assist in the diagnosis, including in-house digital X-rays, CT scan, or in-house ultrasound. Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center is the only foot and ankle provider in the area with an in-house CT scan machine.
Your provider may also test blood flow to your foot or ankle at the office to see if a decrease in circulation is responsible for your foot pain.
How is foot pain treated? Back to top
Once they determine the underlying cause of your foot pain, your provider at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center discusses your best treatment options. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, treatment may include:
- Custom orthotics
- Physical therapy
- Therapeutic injections
If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, they may recommend surgery. To learn more about foot pain treatment options, call Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center or request an appointment online today.