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What’s That Pain on the Bottom of Your Feet?

podiatrist-los-angelesAre you feeling pain on the bottom of your foot?

It could be a variety of problems.

To find out what may be ailing your feet, keep reading!

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One reason for pain on the bottom of the foot  is Metatarsalgia, which is an overuse injury.  Metatarsalgia affects the metatarsals, the largest bones in your feet. This may feel like you have pain in the ball of your foot or as if you’re walking with a pebble in your shoe.

Metatarsalgia can also feel like sharp pains in your toes, or just behind your toes. What should you do if you have Metatarsalgia? Rest, elevation and ice will relieve Metatarsalgia symptoms. However, if that doesn’t help, you need to contact an experienced foot and ankle doctor.

Another reason you may feel pain in your foot may be a fractured bone. With 26 bones in the foot,  There are many opportunities to suffer a fracture in your foot,  especially if you’ve gained a large amount of weight in the past year.

Many times small fractures may only produce mild pain when they first happen, but may become very painful after a few days. It may be difficult to figure out if you have a fracture. If you suspect a fracture, then make an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor.

One of the most common reasons for pain on the bottom of your foot is plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of thick tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.

Plantar fasciitis may begin as a mild burning sensation and stiffness in the heel, or you may feel so much pain that you have serious problems walking.  Home treatment of plantar fasciitis includes:

  • Exercises that stretch out the calf muscles help ease pain and assist with recovery.
  • An ice pack on your heel for 20 minutes several times a day helps reduce inflammation.
  • Cut down on extended physical activities to give your heel a rest.
  • Wear supportive shoes that have good arch support can reduce stress.
  • Oral anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may reduce pain and inflammation.

If those remedies don’t help, you need to see a foot and ankle doctor.

If you have foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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