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Where and Why Your Foot Hurts

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Where and why your foot hurtsWhether loved ones are coming to Plano, TX or fellow residents are heading out of town, we know the upcoming holidays will surely be full of travel. Now, with the prominence of smart phones, the days of using fold-up maps from a gas station are almost a distant memory. This doesn’t mean that maps aren’t still useful – they’re just presented in a new, digital manner!

When it comes to common foot problems, it is important to map out and locate the source of pain or impaired functionality so you can receive the treatment you need! This quiz might help you understand what is wrong:

Is the pain in the forefoot? – If “no,” move ahead. If “yes,” keep reading.

The forefoot contains the toes and the metatarsal bones (the long, skinny ones that run lengthwise). If the pain is located in the joint of the big toe, you are likely looking at gout, a bunion, or possibly an arthritic condition.

If you are experiencing pain between the third and fourth toes, it might be a Morton’s neuroma, especially if the pain is burning, tingling, or it feels like you are stepping on a stone.

Is the pain in the midfoot? – If “no,” move ahead. If “yes,” keep reading.

Midfoot pain could be an indication of a Lisfranc injury, especially if the foot twisted in an awkward fashion. Should this be the case, the foot will be swollen and bruised. Arthritic conditions can also cause issues in this area.

Is the pain in the back of the foot? – If “yes,” keep reading.

The back of the foot contains both the heel and ankle, two common areas for injuries that lead to pain. If your pain is in the heel, especially if it’s strongest in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis. This can be accompanied by a heel spur, which can also contribute to the pain.

Ankle sprains and Achilles tendinitis are also quite common and can cause pain in the back of your foot.

Now that you understand some of the possibilities as to why your foot hurts, it’s time to take action and do something about it! Schedule your appointment today with Dallas Podiatry Works and let our professionals provide the treatment you need for common foot problems (and uncommon ones too!). Call toll-free (888) 716-5283 or schedule your appointment at either our Plano or Dallas, TX offices online.

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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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