"Oh, my aching feet." We say that from time to time, but when should foot pain send you to the doctor? At Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, your foot doctor, Dr. Daniel Roche, urges all his patients to pay close attention to what's happening with their feet and ankles. When pain and other symptoms persist, it's time for an examination.
What causes foot pain?
There are many causes of foot pain. Overuse from athletic training, standing at work for long periods of time or wearing ill-fitting or poorly supportive shoes are just a few examples.
However, individuals who have suffered injuries to the lower extremities, have a history of serious underlying health conditions (diabetes or peripheral artery disease) or who have congenital or acquired deformities (such as hammertoes or bunions) should pay heed to:
- Increased and persistent pain
- Changes in skin color, temperature and texture
- Noticeably thickened toenails
- Any cuts, blisters, or bruising which do not resolve
- Wounds which do not heal
- Discharge from a laceration or blister
- Pronounced and long-lasting tingling
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says that heel pain is the most common kind of foot discomfort experienced by adults in the United States. In fact, a full 43 percent of Americans report heel pain of one degree or another each year. Plantar fasciitis and bone spurs often cause heel pain.
When you should visit your foot doctor?
Healthy adults benefit from annual foot examinations at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ. Dr. Roche will assess your podiatric health in terms of circulation, musculoskeletal structure and function, skin condition, color, and neurological response. Also, he'll discuss any complaints you may have, including foot pain. Depending on your symptoms, he may order a variety of testing procedures such as:
- Digital X-rays
- Physical examination
Regarding sudden injury or foot pain which increases in severity or frequency, you should see Dr. Roche right away. First aid for foot pain from a fall, twisted ankle or other mishap includes:
- Ice (to the affected area--15 minutes on and 15 minutes off)
- Compression and support with an elastic bandage
- Elevation of the foot above the level of the heart
Shoe padding and quality foot wear work well to cushion the substantial physical forces which our feet encounter every day. If you have a painful gait issue, such as overpronation or flat feet, your foot doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription shoe inserts to balance your bones, muscles, and ligaments and to cushion your feet as you walk or run.
Find out more
Don't suffer from pain. If you have foot pain, please contact Dr. Daniel Roche right away. He has two offices to serve the needs of his patients. In Edison, phone (908) 753-0500, or for the Woodbridge location, call (732) 636-8500.