The foot contains 26 bones and more than 30 joints. Many people experience foot pain involving one or more of these joints. The foot pain may be accompanied by swelling, tenderness, stiffness, redness, bruising and or increased warmth over the affected joints. With so many parts and pieces working together to make your feet function properly, there is plenty of room for error. One small bone, joint, or ligament getting out of place can cause you endless pain in your feet. In fact, 77 percent of adults said they have had a foot ailment and half say they experience foot pain, according to the a 2010 survey from the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Foot pain may be caused by trauma, infection, inflammation, arthritis, bursitis, gout or structural foot problems. It is initially treated with rest, elevation and limitation of walking/weight bearing on the painful foot. Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, and ice can help reduce local inflammation and pain. Custom orothotic devices may also be prescribed to support the foot and reduce pain. .
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Foot pain, no matter how mild, is not natural. If you are experiencing pain or noticing a change in your feet you should seek medical care right away. Early care can help prevent the condition from worsening. Contact Podiatry Group of Georgia today to schedule your appointment or book you appointment online.