If you have suffered from foot and ankle pain at some point, you are not alone. Many people deal with some form of discomfort and foot pain at some point in their life. In many cases, the problem is as simple and reversible as switching to a more supportive and comfortable pair of shoes. Persistent heel and foot pain can also be a sign of an injury like a stress fracture or arthritis.
The podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd in Chicago, IL recommend scheduling an appointment with a foot doctor to evaluate instances of foot and ankle pain that do not improve with rest and self-care.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Foot and Ankle Pain in Chicago
Some of the most common causes of ongoing foot and ankle pain are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Bone spurs
- Tendon/muscle tears and ruptures
- Breaks and fractures
- Diabetic/peripheral neuropathy
- Ingrown toenails
- Bone and joint deformities
- Flat feet/overpronation/low arches
- Uncomfortable shoes
- Bunions and hammer toes
When to Schedule an Appointment with a Podiatrist
Depending on the underlying cause, many instances of foot pain can be relieved with conservative treatment like rest, ice, switching to comfortable shoes, investing in supportive inserts if necessary (orthotics) and over the counter pain relievers. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if conservative treatment does not resolve the pain within a few days. Seek immediate treatment for any of the following symptoms:
- Intense pain and swelling
- Open wound
- Signs of infection
- Difficulty moving or putting weight on the foot or ankle
Find a Podiatrist in Chicago
If you are experiencing acute or long term pain, contact Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., in Chicago, IL by calling (773) 202-8800 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.