Diagnosing the Cause of Chronic Foot Pain
Living with Chronic Foot Pain
Living with chronic foot pain can be a debilitating and often misunderstood condition. There are many underlying causes for causing foot pain including:
- Sciatic neuritis- a condition resulting from the sciatic nerve becoming inflamed, often as a result of an issue within the spine that causes a compression of the nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the back to the foot, which is why people experience the foot pain;
- Diabetic neuropathy- a condition caused by nerve damage as a direct result of having diabetes;
- Plantar fasciitis- The most common reason for heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a band of tissue called the plantar fascia;
- Stress fractures;
- Misaligned bones of the feet;
- Misaligned pelvic joints that change the foot strike and physiological leg length;
- Knee misalignments;
- Degenerative arthritis of the knees and/or feet;
- Vascular deficiencies;
- Fallen arches;
- Prior foot or ankle trauma;
- Cheap footwear (some people need orthotics for proper foot support alignment);
- Working on hard surfaces all day without padding or good shoes.
How We Diagnose the Source of Chronic Foot Pain
Because there are so many causes for chronic foot pain, we take wholistic approach to find the diagnosis which includes a full look at the spinal system and nerve supply as well as the patient’s diet and lifestyle, work environment and history of treatment. If we feel it is necessary, we will also refer our patients to seek further testing, including necessary blood work. Once we have determined the source for the foot pain, we will begin treatment. Treatment and lifestyle recommendations will vary based on the source of the foot pain as well as the projected timeframe for length of treatment. Often lifestyle changes are necessary to prevent future injuries or recurring chronic foot pain.
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