Our feet and ankles are complex, containing almost a quarter of our body’s bones, surrounded by tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Problems in the feet and ankles are common, and in most cases, a simple clinical examination is required. Here is what a foot pain diagnosis looks like:

  • Your doctor looks carefully for signs such as swelling
  • They take a short hands-on exam to work out which structures might be involved
  • They observe how you perform during weight-bearing and routine activities
  • Sometimes, X-ray, CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasound, or bone scans are required to reach a diagnosis

Foot pain is not at all uncommon and can be caused by several issues, including:

  • Stress fractures
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis
  • Flat feet
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis

And many more.

When you visit a doctor at Space City Pain, they make sure to assess all symptoms and locate the cause of your pain. Your soles and nails will be examined carefully, and you may be asked about your history of foot pain. You will also need to do some basic foot movements. Your doctor reviews your symptoms and then completes a physical exam and other tests to get a clear picture of the problem. Treatment methods include:

  • RICE — rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Ablation

If you experience chronic foot pain, call Space City Pain Specialists and schedule an appointment to locate the root of your problems.