Podiatry Treatment For Common Foot Pain Conditions (2022)

Podiatry Treatment For Common Causes of Foot Pain & Injury

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Here at The House Clinics, Bristol, our caring and professional team ofPodiatristscan diagnose and successfully treat a wide range of painfulfoot conditions so that you can get back to normal activity.

What Does A Podiatrist Do?

Podiatristsare medical specialists who have been trained to assess, diagnose, and treat conditions related to the feet, ankle, lower limbs, and their associated structures. Injury, overuse, or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments, or tendons in the foot, can cause foot pain. Often, misalignment in the foot can cause pain and affect the way you walk or run. Your body counteracts this misalignmentwhichcan put a strain on certain parts of the foot, the ankles, calves, knees, hips, and even the lower back. A podiatrist can correct theseproblems arising from misalignment in several ways; predominantlyby fitting custom-made insoles (Orthotics) to alleviate pain.

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Conditions We Treat

Heel Pain

Heel Pain can be commonly caused by stress fractures, Severs disease (common in children aged 9-14), tendonitis, arthritis or nerve irritation. Another common cause is Plantar Fasciitis (which we explain below). It can also be to do with the shoes you are wearing. PainSymptoms may be mild to severe and you will need a Podiatry assessment to find the cause of your pain.Your podiatrist will be able to determine the best course of treatment which may include advice on footwear, or orthotics, physical therapy, and an exercise/stretching programme.

Sports Injuries

A Podiatristcan be your best option if you've sustained a sports injury to the foot or ankle. Not only are they highly trained to treat them, but they can also give you expert advice on how to avoid them. Common sports injuries a Podiatrist can treat are as follows (you can read about some of these conditions further on):

  • Ankle Sprain
  • Foot Joint Sprain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Shin Splints

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your footand connects your heel bone to your toes. Podiatry treatment may include physical therapy, the use of orthotics, a night splint to stretch the calf and arch of the foot, taping and strapping to reduce strain and give support to the plantar fascia tissue inacute cases,anda programme of stretching exercises.

(Video) Treating foot pain in runners (Plantar Fasciitis) - Podiatrist Elliott Yeldham, Singapore Podiatry

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Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendinitisis most commonly an overuse injury of the Achillestendon, the band of tissue that connects the calf muscleat the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It often affects frequentrunners, people playing sports such as tennis which require quick stops and changes of direction,or people who wear high heels for prolonged periods Symptomsmay include pain and swelling around the heel, tight calf muscles, limited range of motion when flexing the foot, red and warm to the touch. PodiatryTreatment may include wearing a shoe with a built-up heel insert to take tension off your Achilles tendon, stretching exercises, and physical therapy.

Shin Splints

Shin splints are common in people with flat feet -when the impact of a step makes your foot's arch collapse (overpronation), and can also be caused by ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes, working out without warming up or cooling down, or because you have weak ankles, hips or core muscles.Symptoms may includea dullachein the front part of thelower leg,painthat develops during exercise,painon either side of the shin bone,painalong the inner part of thelower leg,and tendernessorsorenessalong the inner part of thelower leg. Podiatry Treatment may include the use of shoe inserts or orthotics, physical therapy, and a programme of stretching and strengthening exercises.

Flat Feet (Overpronation)

Flat feet(also known as collapsed arches) is a condition in which the arches of thefootcollapse, with the entire sole coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. An estimated 20–30% of the general population has an arch that simply never develops in one or bothfeet. The reasons that may cause you to have Flat Foot vary from tendon injuries to arthritis and even diabetes. It is a common condition and is easily treated. Symptoms may include feet that tire easily, painful or achy feet (especially in the areas of the arches and heels), Back and leg pain, Swollen on theinside and bottom of your feet, Limited foot flexion - i.e standing on tip-toes). Podiatry treatment may include arch supports/orthotics, guidance on supportive shoes, stretching exercises, and physical therapy.

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High Arches (Supernation)

A high arch is when the arch along the inner side of the foot is higher than normal, leaving more of a gap between the foot and the floor. It is most commonlyhereditary.Symptoms for peoplewith high arches often include pain in their heel (Plantar Fasciitis), balls of their feet,anywhere in the foot, and frequently, problems like corns, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes. Podiatry Treatment may include custom orthotics, physical therapy, and a programme of exercises to stretch and ease pain in the foot.

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Metatarsalgia (Pain in Ball of Foot)

Metatarsalgia ispain and inflammation felt in the ball of the foot. The condition can be caused by a variety of different factors that add pressure and stress to the ball of the foot. Common causes include wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow around the top of the foot or high heels that put more pressure on the front of the foot. High impact exercise can also be a cause. Symptoms can include shooting pain from the ball of the foot towards thetoes, burning pain in the ball of the foot, and these symptoms are oftenaggravated by running, walking and standing for long periods. Podiatry treatment may include the use of orthotics or shoe inserts to supportorthotics to redistribute the pressure and impact away from the ball of the foot,shoe advice, and a programme of stretching exercises.

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Foot Arthritis

Arthritis ofthe foot (often seen in the big toe) causes the joints to become stiffand immobile. This in itself does not cause pain, but the subsequent changes in walking and gait patterns can cause referred pain in the knees, legs, and hips. And in some cases, where the arthritic change has progressedthere will be a pain in the associated joint - caused by bone rubbing where the joint has become eroded. Treatment may include the use of orthotics/shoe inserts to reduce stress and loading on the arthritic joints as well as the knees, hips, and legs. Shoe advice will also be given - often a change in the style of shoes you wear is required.

Bunions

A bunion is a combination of an enlarged joint at the base and side of the big toe as well as the big toe being angled towards the rest of the toes (this angulation is known as Hallux Valgus). A bunion can lead to other foot deformities and problems such as a hammer-toe,corns, and calluses as well as ingrown toenails. If the pain of a bunion is not a driving factor in itself to seek help from a Podiatrist, the secondary problems often are, as the discomfort becomes intolerable. Podiatry treatment may include the use of orthotics to relieve pain and discomfort, advice on footwear, removal of corns and calluses, the application of cushioned plasters and dressings. Bunions can only be removed and corrected through surgery, but your Podiatrist will be able to help with the relief of painful symptoms and give advice on whether surgery may be necessary.

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In-Growing Toenails/Nail Surgery

An ingrowing toenail is when the edges of the nail curl into the flesh of the toe. Ingrown nails can occur after an injury, due to excessive pressure on the toes (if you run or play high impact sport for example), due to tight-fitting shoes, incorrectly cut nails, or poor hygiene. It is painful and if left untreated can become severely inflamed and infected. Podiatry treatment in the first instance will include an assessment of the toenail to see if conservative treatment may help, which involves softening the skin and pushing it back away from the nail. However, in many cases, toenail surgery is necessary. Your podiatrist will either do a partial or full removal of the nail. The nail is dressed with an antibiotic solution if there is an infection and then dressed to protect it and avoid further infection.

Children'sPodiatry

Developmental concerns with children's' feet should be assessed and treatedearly to aid the correct growth of feet and jointsand prevent gait issues in later life. TheHouse Clinics podiatrist team is experienced in treating children of all ages with conditions such as:

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  • Bowlegs
  • Knock knees,
  • Growing Pains
  • In-toed/out-toed gait
  • Osgood Schlatter's disease
  • Severs disease.

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In aninitial consultation, your Podiatrist will assess your ailment and make a diagnosis by examining the biomechanics of your feet and analyzing your gait (the way you walk/run)to identify the cause of your pain. The practitioner will then explain their findings with you and provide a variety of tailored treatments.These may include:

  • Insoles (Orthotics or shoe-inserts) may be prescribed to improve the alignment of the foot and how you walk.

  • Advice on footwear/sports shoes.

  • Taping or strapping of the feet.

  • A bespoke stretching or strengthening exercise programme.

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  • For ingrowing toenails, you mayneednail surgery.

Podiatry

Initial Consultation & Treatment (30 mins):£55

Follow-up treatment:£40

Orthotics

Bespoke orthotics:£225

Semi-bespoke orthotics:£59

Nail Surgery

Nail surgery:£325(includes: Assessment, Treatment & 1 Follow-up Appointment)

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Additional toes:£75

Our team of experienced podiatrists is committed to providing the best clinical service for our patients in a relaxed and friendly clinic. We treat the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms.

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You can call us on 0117 942 0200 to book an appointment ordiscuss your problem - We are happy to give you telephone advice.

You can also book an initial consultation online here BOOK ONLINE

FAQs

What is the common problems treated by podiatrist? ›

Common problems that podiatrists treat include bunions, heel pain, ingrown toenails, and athlete's foot. Treatment methods used by podiatrists can vary depending on the specific condition, but often include things like orthotic devices, braces, or surgery.

Can a podiatrist help with foot pain? ›

What can a podiatrist do to help my foot pain? A podiatrist will usually be able to diagnose the cause of your foot pain and offer a treatment plan. Podiatrists have specialist knowledge with managing pain related to musculoskeletal problems, where abnormal mechanics in the foot lead to tissue damage and pain.

What is one of the most common disorders of the foot? ›

Most common cause is plantar fasciitis. The long ligament originating in our heel sends slips to the toes and can become inflamed with a flexible arch and flat foot.

What are the different types of foot pain? ›

  • Types of Foot Pain.
  • Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Posterior Tibial Tendonitis.
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Bunions.
  • Hammertoe.
  • Metatarsalgia.
  • Turf Toe.
May 10, 2021

What are common foot problems in older adults? ›

Aging feet need special care as the risks for chronic foot problems increase. These conditions often include corns, calluses, nail disorders, bunions, and hammertoes, to name a few. Systemic foot conditions associated with aging patients include arthritis, gout, and diabetes.

When should I see a podiatrist for foot pain? ›

You should seek podiatric care when you notice redness and swelling in your ankle or toe joints. This could be due to an injury to the joint or arthritis. A podiatrist knows how to treat joint pain and get you back on your feet so you can lead the active life you desire.

Can a podiatrist prescribe pain medication? ›

Podiatrists have the same rights to prescribing, administering, and dispensing medication that all licensed physicians do. However, podiatrists are limited to prescribing medications that treat their patients' foot conditions.

Should I see a podiatrist or orthopedist for foot pain? ›

As a general guideline, if you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting your foot or ankle health, it's best to see a podiatrist. If you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting any other part of your musculoskeletal system, it's best to see an orthopedic physician.

Which are most common Orthopaedic diseases of a foot? ›

Common Foot Disorders
  • Arthritis. Arthritis is a very common disease that causes the joints of the foot to become inflamed, which results in a stiff, painful feeling. ...
  • Bunions. This deformity occurs in the first metatarsophalangeal joint located at the base of the big toe. ...
  • Hammer Toe. ...
  • Plantar Fasciitis.
Mar 29, 2015

What is Grierson Gopalan syndrome? ›

Burning feet syndrome, also known as Grierson-Gopalan syndrome, is a set of symptoms in which the feet often become uncomfortably hot and painful. The burning sensation may become more intense at night, with some relief occurring during the day. Symptoms may range from mild to severe.

What is Sever's disease? ›

Sever's disease is a painful condition of the heel that occurs in growing children. It happens when the tendon that attaches to the back of the heel (the Achilles tendon) pulls on the growth plate (the apophysis) of the bone of the heel (the calcaneus).

What disease causes pain in feet? ›

Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).

Why are my feet so painful to walk on? ›

You may have a condition such as bone spurs or plantar fasciitis. Bone spurs are a form of outgrowth, and plantar fasciitis is the result of damage or tearing in ligaments of the heel. Fallen arches can also contribute to your foot pain.

How do I know if my foot pain is serious? ›

Seek immediate medical attention if you:

Have severe pain or swelling. Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus. Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C) Are unable to walk or put weight on your foot.

What are the symptoms of metatarsalgia? ›

Symptoms of metatarsalgia
  • a burning or aching sensation.
  • a shooting pain.
  • tingling or numbness in the toes.
  • a feeling like there's a small stone stuck under the foot.
May 11, 2022

What does foot tendonitis feel like? ›

The most common symptoms of foot or ankle tendonitis are localized pain, swelling, and stiffness. Pain is the first sign of foot or ankle tendonitis. The pain typically lessens over time but then resurfaces the longer you spend on the foot or ankle.

What are the signs of arthritis in your feet? ›

Symptoms of arthritis in your feet
  • Pain when you move your feet or ankles.
  • Tenderness when you touch affected joints.
  • Swelling or redness of affected joints.
  • Difficulty standing or putting pressure on your feet.
  • Pain or swelling even when at rest.

How do you relieve severe foot pain? ›

Rest, ice, and elevate your foot. Wear stiff-soled shoes or foot pads to relieve pressure. Take pain relievers. If you're still in pain, talk to your doctor.
...
To treat it:
  1. Change to better-fitting footwear. ...
  2. Do stretches for your toes and toe joints.
  3. Try shoe inserts.
  4. Ask your doctor about surgery.
Jun 11, 2021

What is dystonia of the foot? ›

Learning points. Dystonia is a movement disorder characterised by involuntary muscle contractures that cause slow repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Adult onset foot dystonia is generally secondary in nature and is associated with Parkinson's disease, trauma, stroke and other conditions.

Why do my feet hurt at age 60? ›

As people age, normal wear and tear on the joints, along with weakening bones, can lead to significant foot pain. Seniors also have thinner skin with less elasticity, particularly on their feet. However, the pain they experience in their feet is often preventable.

When should you not ignore foot pain? ›

If you are suffering from foot pain, don't ignore it. Foot pain can be a sign of a more serious issue, like a fracture or diabetes. The good news is, your foot doctor has the skills and knowledge to treat your foot pain and help you feel better. Dr.

Does a podiatrist do foot massage? ›

Podiatrists at Posture Podiatry also have a particular interest in manual therapies – using hands on treatment to mobilise the 33 joints of each foot. We also use advanced massage and dry needling techniques (yes, podiatrists use acupuncture needles!) to help release muscle tension if the need arises.

What is the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedist? ›

The only discernible difference between them is that an orthopedist manages parts of the foot and ankle that pertain to the bones, soft tissues and joints, while a podiatrist manages the same areas, but also the biomechanics and dermatology of the foot and ankle.

Can a podiatrist order an MRI? ›

A podiatrist can administer medication and order tests.

They can order tests such as MRI's, CT's to establish a diagnosis, give medications as needed for pain, immobilize the structure or perform surgery if needed. They may also direct a physical therapist if this treatment is needed.

What is a foot doctor called? ›

Podiatrists are medical specialists who help with problems that affect your feet or lower legs. They can treat injuries as well as complications from ongoing health issues like diabetes. You might hear them called a podiatric physician or doctor of podiatric medicine.

Can a podiatrist treat gout? ›

This condition occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the bloodstream and cause an attack on the joints. Luckily, gout can be prevented and easily treated by a podiatrist.

Why are podiatrists not doctors? ›

However, podiatrists are not medical doctors. They will instead receive four years of education at a podiatric medical school before performing another three or four years of residency training. The sphere of the treatment they provide is limited only to the ankle and foot areas.

What is the difference between a foot doctor and a podiatrist? ›

Podiatrists attend podiatry school and typically complete a brief residency thereafter. As such, podiatrists are not medical doctors (MDs). While orthopaedic surgeons and podiatrists both may treat foot and ankle problems, the orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon is qualified to address a more complex level of problems.

What doctor do you go to for foot pain? ›

Podiatrists are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of foot, ankle and lower extremity issues. It's best to visit a podiatrist like Dr. Roderick Hunter Jr., if you're experiencing foot pain.

What do podiatrists do for diabetics? ›

A podiatrist is an important part of your diabetes health care team. Podiatrists are specifically trained to assess the nerve damage in your feet, identify your specific foot health risks, and help you come up with a treatment and prevention plan.

Is it worth seeing a podiatrist? ›

If you have any issues that involve the foot and or ankle—a sports injury, arthritis/joint pain, skin problems, etc. —a visit to the podiatrist is your best bet. A podiatrist is a specialist who manages and treats almost all symptoms that involve the ankle and/or the foot.

Should I see a podiatrist or orthopedist for foot pain? ›

As a general guideline, if you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting your foot or ankle health, it's best to see a podiatrist. If you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting any other part of your musculoskeletal system, it's best to see an orthopedic physician.

What's the difference between podiatrist and chiropodist? ›

There is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist. The term chiropody has been traditionally used in the UK, but the term podiatry is recognised and used more internationally.

What part of the foot hurts with diabetes? ›

Look over both feet carefully every day, and be sure you check between all of your toes. Blisters and infections can start between your toes, and with diabetic neuropathy, you may not feel them until they've become irritated or infected.

What are signs of diabetic feet? ›

Signs of Diabetic Foot Problems
  • Changes in skin color.
  • Changes in skin temperature.
  • Swelling in the foot or ankle.
  • Pain in the legs.
  • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal or are draining.
  • Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
  • Corns or calluses.
  • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.
Jun 22, 2021

Why can't diabetics cut toenails? ›

Myth: People with diabetes can't cut their own toenails

Don't cut them straight across, curved down the sides, or too short. Remember, your nails are there to protect your toes.

When should I see a podiatrist for foot pain? ›

Most people experience sore feet from time to time, but it's wise to see a podiatrist if your feet regularly ache or swell. Everything from poorly fitting shoes to arthritis can cause foot pain. A podiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment options to relieve your foot pain.

What to do before going to podiatrist? ›

Tips for Your First Podiatry Visit
  1. #1 Make a list of your symptoms.
  2. #2 Bring a list of any allergies, medical conditions and medications.
  3. #3 Speak up and ask questions.
  4. #4 Wear comfortable clothes.
  5. #5 Bring shoes, relevant scans, paperwork (especially referrals)
  6. Still have questions?
Mar 2, 2022

What are the symptoms of metatarsalgia? ›

Symptoms of metatarsalgia
  • a burning or aching sensation.
  • a shooting pain.
  • tingling or numbness in the toes.
  • a feeling like there's a small stone stuck under the foot.
May 11, 2022

Why are podiatrists not doctors? ›

However, podiatrists are not medical doctors. They will instead receive four years of education at a podiatric medical school before performing another three or four years of residency training. The sphere of the treatment they provide is limited only to the ankle and foot areas.

Does a podiatrist do foot massage? ›

Podiatrists at Posture Podiatry also have a particular interest in manual therapies – using hands on treatment to mobilise the 33 joints of each foot. We also use advanced massage and dry needling techniques (yes, podiatrists use acupuncture needles!) to help release muscle tension if the need arises.

Can a podiatrist prescribe medication? ›

Podiatrists have the same rights to prescribing, administering, and dispensing medication that all licensed physicians do. However, podiatrists are limited to prescribing medications that treat their patients' foot conditions.

Are podiatrists medically trained? ›

Whilst a Podiatrist is not medically trained and therefore not a Doctor, extensive Postgraduate training enables Podiatrists to perform foot surgery. Podiatric Surgeons are highly specialised only operating on the foot rather like a Dental Surgeon who will only treat your mouth.

Will a podiatrist remove hard skin? ›

Thankfully, dead skin is a common issue that podiatrists deal with. No matter how bad your issue might be, podiatrists can remove the dry skin with specialized tools and treat you with the necessary lotions and advice to allow your feet to heal back to normal.

What is a foot specialist called? ›

Podiatrists are experts in foot, ankle and lower limb health. They can help to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions including: ingrown toenails. heel and arch pain.

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