It can be difficult to appreciate how much we rely on our feet in our daily lives. This is especially true if you have a job that requires you to stand for long periods, such as a cashier or a chef. Even if not, you still use your feet for activities like walking around the grocery store, operating the pedals of your car or partaking in your exercise routine.
Just how vital our feet are swiftly becomes apparent if you experience any kind of foot pain. When routine pastimes become painful or even impossible to complete, the best course of action is to seek advice from a medical professional. However, many of us find the prospect of potentially undergoing surgery frightening, and may decide to endure the pain instead.
Types of Foot Problems
The foot is a complex structure made up of ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones and joints. Any of these can become damaged, resulting in significant pain and loss of mobility. Some of these conditions can be easy to treat, such as foot problems caused by tight fitting shoes. Corns can be treated simply by applying corn pads and changing into better fitting footwear. Conditions like bunions, hammer toe and crossover toe can usually be treated conservatively, but may require surgery if the symptoms have been allowed to persist.
Heel pain is another very common cause of foot pain. Any kind of activity like walking or running puts pressure and stress on the heel, and those who participate in sporting activities or who are overweight are at additional risk of developing heel pain. Heel pain can occur beneath the heel, which could be a result of bruising or damage to the tissue.
Another common cause of pain beneath the heel is plantar fasciitis, which can occur in conjunction with heel spurs. The back of the heel can become inflamed, red and tender. This could be caused simply by badly fitted shoes rubbing at the area, but it could also be a result of bursitis or inflammation of the Achilles tendon. In either instance, heel pain is unlikely to require surgery, but is mostly treatable by anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or specialist shoe inserts.
Synovitis is a condition that affects the toes, where the membrane between the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint becomes inflamed. Synovitis of the MTP joint is caused by stress on the toe, causing the ligaments to become looser. Then, the bones move against each other, and irritation occurs. Not only does this cause significant pain to the toes, but they can also become swollen and even begin to overlap. This leads to difficulty walking and discomfort wearing shoes. Treatment could involve taping up the toes or adding splints, or using custom shoes or orthotics. In some cases, more invasive treatment may be required, such as cortisone shots or possibly surgical intervention.
Advanced Treatment for Foot Pain in Los Angeles
At DOCS Health Los Angeles, we understand surgical treatment should be the last resort in the treatment of foot pain, and will always explore less invasive treatments with you. We know that approaching a medical professional can be intimidating, and so our priority is your comfort and well-being. Our specialist clinical services offer the best in diagnostic materials, such as MRI machines and X-rays.
Understanding that your needs do not end after your consultation or procedure, we offer flexible clinic follow up appointments with your specialist or surgeon. This also includes video conference calls so that you are assured that any questions you might have are addressed. Remember that DOCS Health is physician owned and operated, so you can be sure that your well-being is most important.
If you are tired of suffering unnecessarily from foot pain, please do not hesitate to contact DOCS Health Los Angeles today. Let us help you set foot on the road to recovery.