In many cases, foot pain increases in severity slowly, over a long period of time. However, certain situations can cause sudden foot pain, which can be a startling experience. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you determine the cause of your sudden foot pain and understand what your first steps of action should be in this situation. Find out more about sudden foot pain and what it means for you with Dr. Gary Rogers at North Shore University Health System in Wilmette, IL.
What can cause foot pain?
Thanks to their location, the feet take the brunt of the body’s weight and are prone to injury and overuse. Some of the common causes of foot pain include:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- bursitis (inflammation of a joint)
- broken bone
- stress fracture
- ingrown toenail
- plantar wart
What should I do if I experience sudden foot pain?
Experiencing sudden foot pain may take you by surprise but knowing what to do in this situation can help you get back on your feet in no time. If you experience foot pain related to trauma or injury or your foot pain begins affecting your daily life, you should see your podiatrist to find an accurate diagnosis. Try treating your foot pain using the RICE method by resting the foot, icing it for about 15 minutes two or three times a day, using a compression band to wrap the foot, and elevating the foot above the heart. If the RICE method fails to provide results in two to five days, you should see your foot doctor.
Treating Foot Pain in Wilmette, IL
Your foot doctor may suggest over-the-counter or prescription medications to treat any pain or inflammation related to your condition. In some cases, physical therapy, injection therapy, or other treatments performed in your podiatrist’s office can help your condition. Some cases may require a separate treatment altogether or even surgery to repair the underlying problem. Consulting with your foot doctor can pinpoint the cause of your foot pain and find the best treatment for you.
For more information on sudden foot pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Rogers at North Shore University Health System in Wilmette, IL. Call 847-256-4434 to schedule your appointment today!