Crush injuries, playing sports, and general wear-and-tear are some common causes of foot pain. If you regularly experience foot pain, and it keeps you from activities you love, don’t wait to seek treatment. At Optima Foot and Ankle, with the convenient locations in Bend, Oregon, and Redmond, Oregon, expert podiatrists Laura Schweger, DPM, and Evan M. Ross, DPM, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of foot pain. Use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment or call the nearest office today.

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What is foot pain?

Each of your feet has 30 joints, 26 bones, and more than 100 muscles. These hard and soft tissues work in coordination, allowing you to walk, run, jump, and climb stairs. Although your feet are incredibly tough, they aren’t immune to injuries. Sprains, strains, falls, and chronic conditions can all contribute to foot pain.

Most cases of mild foot pain respond well to rest, ice, and over-the-counter medication. If your symptoms persist or get worse, don’t wait to contact the expert podiatrists at Optima Foot and Ankle.

What are some common causes of foot pain?

Optima Foot and Ankle works with people of all ages to treat foot pain caused by:

  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar warts
  • Sprains and strains
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Toenail fungus
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Neuromas
  • Flat feet
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Sports injuries

Other common causes of foot pain include tendonitis, bursitis, and peripheral neuropathy.

How is foot pain diagnosed?

To diagnose foot pain, your Optima Foot and Ankle provider reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examines your feet, toes, and ankles. To gain additional insights, they ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10 and have you perform a series of easy, in-office exercises to determine your foot’s range of motion.

If these measures don’t provide enough information, Optima Foot and Ankle can order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These procedures capture detailed photographs of the bones, joints, and soft tissue structures in your feet.

How is foot pain treated?

Treatment of foot pain depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Typically, Optima Foot and Ankle recommends conservative, noninvasive treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), over-the-counter pain medication, and activity modifications.

If your pain persists or gets worse, you might benefit from orthotics, physical therapy, or treatment with the Erchonia® FX-635 laser. The Erchonia FX-635 uses targeted light energy to ease pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis.

If you break a foot or sprain an ankle, your provider might recommend a cast or splint. In the event of severe foot pain, surgery may be necessary. No matter the underlying cause, Optima Foot and Ankle can develop a custom care plan that helps you feel better.

To receive comprehensive care for foot pain, request a consultation at Optima Foot and Ankle. Use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment or call the nearest office today.