Chronic foot pain can have many different causes. Some of the conditions that could be causing foot pain include plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot; arthritis, which is the wearing away of cartilage that protects the bones in the foot; ankle sprain, which is an injury to the ankle ligaments; and stress fracture, which is a tiny break in one of the bones in the foot or ankle. These are just a few of the most common causes of chronic foot pain.
Depending on certain factors, some people are more susceptible to chronic foot pain. Let’s discuss who these individuals are and the reason behind their high risk for chronic foot pain development.
Age-related changes to the foot can increase the risk of chronic foot pain. The feet lose padding and become less flexible as you get older. Also, cartilage thins out with age, which can contribute to pain and discomfort in joints. Arthritis, Morton’s neuroma, and plantar fasciitis become much more common in the elderly because of these reasons.
The Overweight or Obese
Excess weight can put extra stress on the feet and cause poor posture and alignment issues. Lifestyle factors that cause one to become overweight, such as a sedentary lifestyle, also cause poor circulation and weakness in the feet, which increases the risk of plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and fallen arches.
Women are prone to chronic foot pain due to a combination of factors, including wearing high heels or narrow shoes, which can cause cramping of the forefoot. Hormonal changes that women undergo throughout their lives, most specifically menopause, can lead to lower bone density and weakening of the ligaments. Common foot conditions affecting women include corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, and stress fractures.
Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, can cause chronic foot pain. A combination of poor circulation and nerve damage can cause sharp, jabbing, and burning pain in the foot.
Individuals with Abnormal Foot Structures
People with flat feet, high arches, or other structural abnormalities of the foot are at increased risk for foot pain and injuries, as weight distribution is not equal, and pressure points can cause strain on the inner structures of the foot.
Individuals with Certain Occupations
People who work jobs that require prolonged standing or walking, or involve repetitive motions, can lead to chronic foot pain. Healthcare workers, retail workers, restaurant workers, factory workers, and construction workers are at high risk for plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and metatarsalgia.
Chronic Foot Pain Treatment in South Texas
Our highly skilled foot and ankle surgeons at The Podiatry Group of South Texas can provide the right kind of podiatry care for you. We personalize our treatments, which aim to not just relieve symptoms but also address the root cause of foot pain.
Let our doctors examine and evaluate your condition and devise a treatment plan to make it more manageable. To schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, call our office nearest you or use our convenient online request form.