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Foot Pain

Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Ankeny serving greater Des Moines, IA

Your feet help you get wherever you need to go, bearing much of your body weight. Overuse, inflammation, or injury involving any of the bones, tendons, or ligaments in your feet can cause foot pain. If you’re finding it difficult to walk or suffering from foot pain that is affecting your life, call Mindi Dayton, DPM, MHA and Paul Dayton, DPM, MS, at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa in Ankeny, Iowa, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.

Foot Pain Q & A

What causes foot pain?

In addition to injury or overuse, foot pain may be a result of disease, viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Foot pain can come from ingrown toenails or plantar warts on the bottom of your foot.

Some common causes of foot pain treated at the Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Bone spurs
  • Broken toes or foot
  • Flat feet
  • Bunions
  • Joint inflammation
  • Gout
  • Diabetic neuropathy

Foot pain is caused by injury or overuse and can be felt anywhere from your toes to the Achilles tendon located at the back of your heel. An intricate network of ligaments, tendons, 23 bones, 33 joints, and many muscles, your feet are prone to injuries that result in pain or inflammation.

How can I relieve foot pain?

The pain you experience when you injure or overuse your foot typically responds well to rest and ice therapy. Over-the-counter pain relievers with anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain and accelerate healing. Most mild forms of foot pain are relieved through over-the-counter or at-home treatments, but if you experience severe foot pain after an injury, pain that doesn’t go away quickly after rest, or have diabetes, contact Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa for evaluation.

The foot pain treatment your doctor provides depends on the cause of pain and may include medication, physical therapy, immobilization, strengthening, or surgery.

When do I need to see a doctor for foot pain?

Foot pain combined with severe swelling or open wounds requires immediate medical attention. If your foot pain is associated with signs of infection, including warmth to the touch or redness, or you have a fever, you should also get immediate medical attention.

If your foot pain interferes with your daily activities, you should schedule an appointment at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa. You should also schedule an appointment if your foot pain doesn’t respond to at-home treatment within 2-5 days, if you have diabetes, or if your pain is a burning or tingling sensation involving the bottom of your foot.

Learn more about the causes and treatment of foot pain by calling Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa or using the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.