5 Common Misconceptions About Getting Treatment for Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 29, 2016 11:58:09 AM

band_aid_on_footIf you’re living with chronic foot pain, it’s time to stop tiptoeing around the subject of treatment. You may be avoiding treatment for a number of reasons. Ultimately you’ll want to visit a foot doctor so you have the right information on how to treat the foot problem causing you pain, but hopefully learning the truth about some of these common misconceptions will help put your mind at ease.

1.  You don’t have the time

In the midst of your busy schedule, it can be difficult to take time for yourself, especially when it involves something as un-exciting as a foot pain treatment. If you’re going to take time off, you probably want it to be for a fun family vacation, not a foot procedure.

But did you know that many of the treatments are outpatient procedures? This means you’re in an out in the same day – no need to stay overnight in the hospital. This may sound great, but what about the recovery process? While recovery time does rely significantly on the severity of your foot problem and the type of treatment you’re having, in most cases you will still be able to be mobile.

The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare use a minimally invasive technique, which means the procedure is done by making a very small incision the size of a pinprick. One of the major benefits of a minimally invasive procedure is that it causes significantly less trauma to the foot than traditional surgeries. For this reason, patients at Adler Footcare experience significantly reduced recovery times. It varies by procedure and each individual case, but in many cases patients leave the office in a walking boot and are back in closed toe shoes within a few days. 

2.  The pain isn’t that bad

You may be able to live with the pain now, but if you don’t get treatment, most problems only get worse. If they get worse, you may need a more complex treatment, which leads to a longer and more difficult recovery time than if you would have just looked into your treatment options early on.

Even if you feel like you can live with the pain, why would you want to? Don’t settle. Your feet have a tough job to do acting as the foundation of your body and providing mobility that we all take for granted – don’t make them work harder than they have to.

3.  You can manage the pain on your own

There are many conservative treatments for foot pain – and some far-fetched suggestions – that you can easily find by searching on Google or looking at Pinterest. You’ll find suggestions like switching to better footwear, using over-the-counter shoe inserts, soaking your feet in apple cider vinegar or Epsom salts, foot reflexology, essential oils, pedicures, exercises, stretches, and more. None of these are bad for your feet and many might actually help manage the pain, but why would you want to manage it when you can easily eliminate it?

4.  Treatment is too expensive

The world of medical insurance is complex and can leave you feeling like your stuck between a rock and hard place. The simple fact that you may have to pay out of pocket for a treatment could be the defining factor causing you to avoid treatment, no matter the cost to your physical well-being. But you don’t know for sure until you ask. Do your research. Find out what your plan covers, consult with a trusted podiatrist to find out what your treatment will require, and ask about the possibility of payment plans.

5.  You don’t know where to go

If you’re willing to find out your treatment options, but you just don’t know who to talk to, ask your general practitioner for recommendations. You can also ask family, friends, or coworkers if they have heard of or visited anyone they would recommend. Read testimonials and online reviews of practices you’re considering. There are different kinds of health professionals to choose from depending on your foot problem, so knowing what they specialize in can be helpful too. Just make sure you ask about their credentials.

Other online resources to consider:

American Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgeons

American Podiatric Medical Association

If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, schedule a free consultation with the best podiatrists in NYC at Adler Footcare, specializing in the latest advancements in podiatry to treat the problems causing your foot pain. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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