If you’re dealing with chronic foot pain, frustration is one of the realities you are most likely familiar with. You may feel like you’ve tried everything, and nothing seems to help. But don’t give up just yet!
There are a few other things you can try – apart from the standard pain medications, rest, and putting ice on your foot – that may bring some relief. Check these out.
Tip #1 Exercise Your Foot.
Foot exercises – such as short toe exercise, toe splay, big toe press, and toe curls/pickups – can help relieve pain by promoting better blood circulation and loosening up and lengthening your foot muscles.
Tip #2 Get a Foot Massage.
If you have chronic heel pain, consider giving the area a massage. The slow but strong strokes from the massage help relieve the pain in the following ways:
- Break up scar tissue and boost blood circulation, thereby reducing inflammation;
- Release tension in the muscles and connective tissue that surround the fascia.
One of the most common culprits in chronic heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is caused by repetitive stress to the plantar fascia – the band of the tissue that attaches your heel bone to the base of your toes.
Tip #3 See a Podiatrist.
If none of the treatments you tried work for your foot pain, see a podiatrist for comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment.
Depending on your diagnosis, your podiatrist may recommend any of the following treatments:
- Custom orthotics – These are medically prescribed shoe inserts designed to correct biomechanical problems that may be contributing to or causing your foot pain.
- Shockwave therapy – This is a noninvasive treatment approach that involves the delivery of shockwaves to injured area/s of the foot.
People with heel pain due to tendonitis or plantar fasciitis could greatly benefit from shockwave therapy.
- Surgery – If foot pain is getting in the way of your day-to-day activities or greatly affecting your overall quality of life, your podiatrist may consider the possibility of surgical intervention.
The type of surgery you need will depend on your specific condition or injury.
Chronic Foot Pain Treatment in South Texas, PA
At The Podiatry Group of South Texas, our board-certified podiatrists have earned a reputation of excellence by providing exceptional patient outcomes for the full range of foot and ankle problems – including those that cause chronic foot pain. With the expertise and extensive experience of our providers, you can count on them to help you get back to doing the things you love without pain and movement limitations.