You have many options when it comes to reducing or even eliminating your foot pain. The key is choosing the right option. It depends on the severity of your pain and why you’re experiencing it. If you can get to the root problem you can find the best way to treat the pain utilizing the following foot care tips.
General foot pain
If the pain is mild and you only experience it when you’ve put extra wear and tear on your feet – such as walking or running a long distance, standing for a prolonged period of time, or wearing uncomfortable shoes – then there are some easy things you can do on your own:
- Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salt
- Ice your feet to reduce inflammation
- Rest your feet by sitting and elevating them on an ottoman or pillow
- Check your shoes – if the sole is significantly worn down, you aren’t getting good support and it’s time to invest in a new pair
- Have your significant other give you a foot massage
- Try foot stretches
These foot care tips will help manage your foot pain, but when there is a bigger problem you must find a better solution.
Specific foot pain
When you are experiencing pain related to a specific foot problem, then the treatments to get rid of the pain become more specialized. More often than not, the root of the pain is related to misalignment in the feet, caused by the ankle bone slipping off the heel bone that leads to an excessive inward rotation of the foot and ankle called over-pronation.
Foot misalignment can cause a chain reaction of pain being felt throughout the body, especially in the knees, hips and back. It can also impact other foot problems such as:
- Flat Feet
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle pain
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
The fast and effective way to treat foot misalignment is with a procedure called HyProCure® that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone to keep the ankle from slipping and excessively rolling inward.
When someone isn’t a candidate for HyProCure®, or your specific foot problem requires a different kind of treatment, other fast and effective treatments include:
- Minimally invasive foot surgery – a technique used by making a very small incision or no incision at all.
- Laser treatment – used for the purpose of getting rid of toenail fungus completely
- Ankle arthroscopy – performed by making two very small pinpoint incisions utilizing a tiny camera on one end and a medical instrument on the other to clean out the joint by using a water pump type feature that eliminates unhealthy tissue.
These treatments for foot pain are outpatient procedures with generally speedy recovery times. These treatments, along with general foot care tips, can help manage, reduce or eliminate your foot pain.
To learn which treatment is best for you, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.