Foot pain is very common and it has even been revealed that about 75% of all people experience such kind of pain. This is because this part of the body supports the wait of the person. Most foot pain is caused by shoes that do not fit properly or that force the feet into unnatural shapes such as pointed-toe, high-heeled shoes. Also foot pain may be caused by many different things like trauma, disease, or a combination of both. There are several types of foot pain in order to know what kind of pain a patient is suffering him or she should undergo a foot pain diagnosis.
Also foot pain diagnosis deals with pain and tenderness associated with plantar fascia strains which are usually felt on the bottom of the foot and may manifest either as a specific or general area of tenderness. Plantar fascia pain may be increased or decreased by stretching of the arch. Generally, in mild cases of plantar fasciitis, the pain will decrease as the soft tissues of the foot “warm up”; however, pain may increase as use of the foot increases. In more severe cases of plantar fasciitis, pain may increase when the arch is stressed.
The first thing that a doctor will check when undergoing a foot pain diagnosis are the specific symptoms. The doctor will ask if the pain is associated with movement or if it is worse when standing or moving. He will also look for pain or bumps near a bone that could indicate a fracture and swelling that could mean muscle problems. Depending on the cause, treatment can be as simple as taking an over-the-counter pain medication and rest. The doctor could also wrap the foot with a support and order crutches, prescribe physical therapy or have the patient fitted for orthopedic shoes.
In order to thoroughly assess a foot injury, a sound knowledge of the anatomy of the foot is required. This is extremely complex and there are many structures which could be involved in your injury. For this reason a systematic and thorough examination is needed to determine the cause of the foot pain. Furthermore, the correct treatment should be done in order to avoid worsening the pain.
Foot pain can certainly interrupt your daily life. So pay attention to your feet! They are counting on you!