When Your Foot Pain Could Be More Serious Than You Think

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Oct 11, 2014 3:30:00 PM

foot pain bandageWe all experience foot pain on some level. We get tired feet from standing too long at our jobs. We get sore feet from walking too far in the wrong kind of shoes. We get blisters and calluses after running a long race. We sacrifice comfort for style and cause all sorts of problems when wearing heels, flip-flops or other shoes that don’t offer support. We may even have inherited problems like bunions that cause foot pain.

Usually, this kind of foot pain is common and easily relieved with a good foot soak, nice massage, and putting them up at the end of the day. But there are times when your foot pain could signal a more serious condition like Peripheral arterial disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Learn more in the article below.

Posted by: Eric Metcalf, MPH | Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

Does Your Foot Pain Signal a Serious Condition?

If you browsed through medical textbooks that explain different diseases, you'd find that many conditions can lead to harmful changes in the feet, including foot pain, says Paul F. Brezinski, DPM, a podiatrist in Palatine, Ill., and president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association.

For example, if your thyroid — a gland in your throat that makes crucial hormones — is not working properly, associated problems with your nerves can affect the sensation in your feet. Or if you have degenerative changes in your lower back, the nerves coming off your spinal cord may become irritated, which could also affect the health of your feet, he says.

Here's a look at three common conditions that may result in foot pain and unhealthy feet.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

About 8 million Americans have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to the American Heart Association. In PAD, a fatty substance called plaque that builds up in the arteries in your legs, reducing the flow of blood to your lower legs and feet.

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If you have one of the diseases mentioned in the article above, it’s important that you know how it could affect the health of your feet. There could be preventative measures you could take or things you could do to help manage the pain. If you don’t have one of those diseases, but you do consistently experience foot pain that just doesn’t seem normal anymore, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare for a free consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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