Pain anywhere on your body that just won’t go away should never be ignored. The worst thing you can do is try to power through it! You’ll be much better off if you try to identify what’s causing it so you can take steps to do something about it. Today Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Cassandra Stache, DPM of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center share some common causes of chronic foot pain.
- Overuse: Chronic pain in your feet is often caused by overuse. Recurring stress, like walking many miles each day, can cause inflamed and irritated tissues, like in the case of Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Bones can also weaken and crack, causing stress fractures. Cross-training with lower-impact activities like biking or swimming or taking some time off will help diminish the pain and prevent it in the future.
- Unhealed Injury: An injury that hasn’t healed properly is another common cause of chronic pain. If you sprained your ankle while running a few weeks ago, and continued to run, odds are the tendons and muscles were not given enough time to heal properly. This could continue to bother you and eventually cause chronic instability in addition to the pain. If you are injured, before returning to your normal routine, it’s essential to give it the time it needs to heal properly.
- Poor Biomechanics: Poor biomechanics and some certain foot structures can also cause pain in the balls of your feet, heel, and arches. Orthotics work well to correct faulty mechanics and provide the cushion and support where you need it most.
- Underlying Condition: Lastly, stubborn foot pain can be a sign of an underlying condition, such as diabetes or arthritis, which needs to be treated. This is all the more reason to visit your podiatrist to determine the cause of the pain.
If the pain just doesn’t subside, we can evaluate your feet and identify the cause behind your chronic pain so the appropriate treatment options can be discussed.
If you currently have nagging foot pain, contact Greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center to schedule a consultation. You can click here to locate contact information for the office nearest you to book your appointment.