Chronic foot pain can stop you from enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle. If foot pain gets in the way of activities you love, board-certified podiatrist Felicia Armstrong, DPM, has the experience to help. At Maryland Podiatry Services in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Armstrong performs a full evaluation of your feet to determine the root cause of your pain. Once she completes your evaluation, Dr. Armstrong creates a personalized treatment plan tailored to you. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.
Everybody gets foot pain once in a while. Whether you suffer an injury on a run or notice blisters on your feet after a long hike, foot pain can make it difficult to walk — or even stand — comfortably.
Unfortunately, foot pain doesn’t always resolve on its own. If you’ve had persistent foot pain for longer than a few days, you may have:
A bunion is a bony bump that develops on the joint where your foot meets your big toe. Bunions form gradually, causing pain and discomfort as they grow. Bunions are especially common in women who wear tight, narrow shoes, particularly high heels.
Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the joints. If the joints in your feet become inflamed, walking comfortably can be difficult.
Morton’s neuroma is a noncancerous growth that leads to a thickening of tissue around the nerves in the base of your toes. Pressure on these nerves can cause foot pain, weakness, and numbness in your heel.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your toenail grows into the skin, leading to inflammation, redness, and infection.
Fractures are bone breaks that can be minor or severe. While you can typically treat a minor fracture with rest or ice therapy, a severe fracture may require surgery.
The plantar fascia connects your heel to your toes. If this thick band of tissue becomes inflamed, you can experience chronic heel pain.
Dr. Armstrong performs comprehensive foot evaluations at her office. Her goal is to identify the root cause of your foot pain to create the right treatment plan for you.
During your consultation, Dr. Armstrong asks about your symptoms, how long you’ve experienced them, and what’s helped to alleviate your pain.
She may also check your gait and posture to determine if you have any structural abnormalities that cause foot pain. If she suspects you have a fracture, Dr. Armstrong may order an X-ray or additional lab tests to confirm a diagnosis.
Dr. Armstrong tailors your treatment to suit your unique needs. She may recommend a combination of treatments, such as:
Therapeutic exercises, stretches, and massages can help build the muscles in your feet while preventing future damage.
Both custom-fit and over-the-counter orthotics conform to the mold of your feet and provide much-needed support. They can help relieve pressure and pain so you feel more comfortable when walking or exercising.
Corticosteroid injections deliver steroids and anesthetic medicine into your foot to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Dr. Armstrong typically recommends these injections if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Get relief for your foot pain by calling Maryland Podiatry Services or booking an appointment online today.