Find out when it’s time to turn to a podiatrist to get your discomfort under control.
Foot and ankle pain are the most common reasons people visit our West Houston, TX, podiatrists Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicinio and Dr. Manish Patel. If you are currently dealing with pain and discomfort, chances are good that you want to find a way to alleviate that pain. You also want to know whether your symptoms warrant seeing a medical professional.
A good rule of thumb is never to ignore any kind of pain, particularly any pain experienced in the feet or ankles. After all, pain that prevents you from performing certain activities will make your everyday routine difficult and stop you from staying physically active. Here are some common causes of pain that you should not ignore.
Pain on the Top or Sides of the Feet and Ankles
There are many reasons your feet might be screaming out in pain. Perhaps you are dealing with bone spurs, stress fractures, inflammation, or joint issues. Of course, foot or ankle pain may be the only symptom present that’s trying to let you know that something is wrong.
Whether you’ve just recently begun a new activity or often wear shoes that are a bit too tight for your feet then these could all be reasons for your discomfort. Since many conditions can be progressive if left untreated, it’s important to turn to our West Houston, TX, foot and ankle specialists right away for diagnosis and treatment.
Heel pain, which is usually caused by an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, can make it difficult to move around let alone go about your normal workout routine. Walking up stairs may be particularly painful and you may find that you have trouble bearing weight on your feet because the heel pain is intense. Pain is often worse in the morning but can get better as your body begins to move around.
While plantar fasciitis can often be treated with simple at-home care it’s also important that you avoid high-impact activities and rest as much as possible. If the pain doesn’t ease up after five days of at-home care then it’s time to see a foot doctor, as plantar fasciitis can become chronic.
Immediate Pain in the Morning
Mornings are rough enough. We don’t need to make them any worse by dealing with foot or ankle pain first thing in the morning. While foot pain is often a sign of plantar fasciitis, which we mentioned above, it can also be a sign of Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone spurs, or flat feet.
While not every little foot or ankle discomfort will need to be examined by a podiatrist it’s always best to play it safe. If symptoms don’t improve within a week, or if symptoms are already severe, then it’s time to see someone. Call Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, to schedule a consultation with one of our foot specialists.