You have 26 bones and 33 joints in each foot, in addition to a compilation of nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. With so many components, your feet have a lot of room for injury and degenerative problems. When you become a patient of I-SPINE in Houston or Keller, Texas, you can finally get relief from foot pain, starting with your first appointment. As a leading orthopedic physician in southeast Texas, Reginald J. Newsome, M.D. helps countless men and women get relief from foot pain, once and for all.
Foot Pain Q & A
What causes foot pain?
Foot pain can be caused by something internal, like arthritis, or by something external, such as your shoes.
If you have an autoimmune disorder — including lupus or rheumatoid arthritis — your body may be attacking tissues in your feet and causing your foot pain.
Pain could also stem from an infectious disease, virus, or fungal infection. For instance, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and infected ingrown toenails can all lead to acute foot pain.
Much of the time, foot pain stems from deformities or damage to bones or soft tissues in your feet. Your pain may stem from:
- Bunions or hammertoes
- Bone spurs or tarsal disorders
- Flat feet or fallen arches
- Microtrauma — like hairline fractures
Diagnosing the cause of your foot pain often involves getting bloodwork, having an X-ray, and going through a thorough examination with an orthopedic doctor. You may have more than one issue occurring simultaneously.
When should I see a doctor for foot pain?
Most men and women experience occasional foot pain, especially after an intense workout or working on their feet all day. But if your foot pain is starting to affect your daily life, it’s time to find the cause -- especially if your foot pain is:
- Burning, tingling, or numbing
- Keeping you away from work/everyday activities
- Getting worse or not improving
- Causing redness or swelling
Because you could be making foot pain conditions worse the more you stand up or walk, it’s essential to get a diagnosis before pain progresses.
How is foot pain treated?
Your foot pain treatment depends on what’s causing it. For joint, bone, and soft tissue issues, you may benefit from physical therapy, which is offered I-SPINE.
Dr. Newsome often spends time counseling you on your footwear, too, especially if your shoes are the cause of your foot pain.
He can help you determine if your athletic shoes are providing enough support, if your shoes are the wrong size, or if you might benefit from orthotic inserts. If you have bunions or hammertoes, wearing cushioning pads can help prevent rubbing and further irritation.
Dr. Newsome tries to find non or minimally invasive treatments for foot pain before looking into other options. In severe cases, you could need interventional injections or minimally invasive surgery to correct a bone or soft tissue problem.
Schedule your appointment at I-SPINE by calling the office or using the book online feature.