Can Foot Pain Be Serious? Our Podiatrist Answers

Can foot pain be serious?Can foot pain be serious? While you may be tempted to ignore foot pain or think it will go away on its own, sometimes the root of the problem is serious. Often, foot pain is temporary and resolves itself, but it can be difficult to determine the severity of the case. If you have recurring pain or an increase in pain, you should be evaluated. Our podiatrist explains more about foot pain below. 

Serious Cases

There are many cases of foot pain that can heal on their own. For example, if you experience foot cramps, you may need to simply stretch your feet or perform foot exercises to strengthen the muscle. Or, high-heeled shoes could be the cause of pain in your arches. However, there are other cases that are serious and need treatment, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle breaks
  • Bone fractures
  • Nerve damage
  • Tendonitis
  • Wound infections

These are conditions that will worsen without treatment. It is critical to be evaluated by our podiatrist if you suspect you have any of these foot problems.

At-Risk Groups

Athletes, the elderly, and individuals with diabetes should all take foot pain seriously. In athletes or people that run frequently, both persistent and acute ankle pain shouldn’t be written off as a sprain, as it could actually be a fracture or break. It’s important to treat bone fractures immediately to prevent further damage. Elderly people have higher risk for gout, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis, all of which should be evaluated promptly.

Diabetes patients should be especially careful of any wounds on their feet or other foot pain. 

Emergency Care

If your foot pain is worsening or becomes extremely painful, contact emergency care. The sooner you have the problem diagnosed and taken care of, the sooner you can get back on your feet! Our podiatrist can help treat and maintain your condition with follow-up care.

Can Foot Pain Be Serious? Contact Our Podiatrist For More Information

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.

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