Chronic foot pain keeps you from your favorite activities. No matter if you love running, playing rec sports, or even just simply walking around town, a foot that hurts will make you want to stay at home. If you decide to try and “push through it,” you can open up the possibility of either long-term damage or stronger symptoms. So how do you stop chronic foot pain?
Well, your first step in relieving chronic foot pain is to call Fixing Feet Institute and request an appointment. We can help you by diagnosing the root cause of the problem, and then creating a treatment plan to effectively address it for you. Fortunately, we are able to resolve many common sports injuries—plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, etc.—without need to use surgical procedures.
Treating Chronic Foot Pain
In the case of chronic foot pain—and, naturally, depending on your particular condition and its severity—our customized treatment plan for you might include any of the following options:
- RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression and elevation)
- Over-the-counter or prescription medication to reduce pain, such as ibuprofen or aspirin
- Stretching exercises, especially for your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia
- Orthotics (either custom orthotic devices or additional padding and shoe inserts to increase arch support)
- Water-based exercises such as swimming or aqua aerobics
- Warm water foot soaks
Preventing Foot Injuries
The most prevalent source of chronic foot pain is overuse. If you lead an active lifestyle—and we definitely recommend you do—or have no choice but to be on your feet for extended periods at work, you may benefit from wearing shoes that offer extra support, foot and ankle stability, and protection. Not sure which type of footwear is best for you? Come to our Surprise, AZ office and discuss this with our foot experts before buying new shoes!
Many of the treatment options listed above are also used to prevent foot and ankle injuries from developing in the first place. For example, stretching your lower legs and feet first thing in the morning, before and after any exercises, and right before going to bed at night can lower your risk of Achilles tendinitis.
If you have gained weight—other than weight gained during pregnancy!—you can also reduce your risk of developing chronic foot pain by losing weight in a healthy way. You can also provide your muscles and bones with the nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong by eating well.
When chronic foot pain is slowing you down or keeping you away from your favorite activities, our team at Fixing Feet Institute is ready to help. Contact us online for additional information, or simply give us a call at (623) 584-5556 and request your appointment today.