Does this describe your pain?
- Feet, toes or ankles are hot, bruised, stiff, swollen, or sensitive to touch
- Tingling, numbness, burning, or “pins and needles” feeling in feet
- Foot or ankle pain when walking or exercising, either at the beginning of activity, or worsening as you continue moving
- Pain so bad that you walk differently or avoid walking entirely
- Obvious differences in wear patterns on your shoes
- Thick calluses on one foot but not on the other
Is your pain…
- Felt in a particular area such as heel, instep, or toes, or all over
- Chronic, only when you move, only when you don’t move, or out of the blue
- Better or worse when you lie down, walk around, sit, or stand
- Acute and debilitating, “gets in the way”, or “I can live with it, but…”
- Only present with specific activities like walking, standing, etc.
What causes most foot and ankle pain?
The most common causes of foot and ankle pain include:
- Accidental injury
- Repetitive stress (for example, wearing stiletto heels or flip-flops)
- Pressure, friction, infections and inflammation
- Postural or skeletal misalignments
Which foot and ankle pain diagnoses are most common?
Acute or recurring pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, localized soreness, hotness, or inflammation in the foot and ankle commonly arise from:
- Sprains, strains, tendonitis and bursitis
- Gout, diabetic neuropathy or edema
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic diseases
How can I treat my pain myself?
If pain isn’t severe, it usually makes sense to try self-care strategies for a week or so. Then, if you still don’t feel better, call us to see a pain specialist so you can get a diagnosis of what’s actually wrong, and a treatment plan to get you back on the path to feeling good.
In some cases, light activity helps. In other cases, immobilizing or elevating the foot can aid circulation and alleviate swelling, as can ice, heat, and rest.
If your foot or ankle feels hot, swollen or tender, looks misshapen or deformed, or has lost feeling, it’s better to see one of our providers rather than trying to treat it yourself.
How can Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness treat my pain?
Do you already know your diagnosis and the kind of treatment you need?
Just schedule a prompt appointment with the appropriate specialty.
Not sure what’s wrong, how to treat it, or prior therapies haven’t helped?
We offer two options: