Your feet are some of the hardest working parts of your body. They carry you around all day, from work to play, and support your weight with every step. It’s no wonder that foot pain is a common complaint among people of all ages.
While some foot pain can be treated with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers, there are times when it’s important to see a foot doctor, also known as a podiatrist.
If you experience foot pain, there’s a good chance it’s caused by something more severe than a regular ache or strain. If you think your foot pain could be serious, call Urgent Footcare today to set up an appointment.
Pain can be sharp or dull. If you have a foot injury, the pain may be sudden and severe, or it might be mild and gradual.
Pain can be constant or intermittent. If you have plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of the plantar fascia), you may feel discomfort in your arch when walking on hard surfaces like concrete or pavement; this is called “heel strike” pain because it occurs when your heel hits the ground as you walk.
Other types of foot injuries cause intermittent pain that comes and goes throughout the day: for example, some people experience heel pain after standing for long periods of time at work–this condition is known as “march fracture” because soldiers marching into battle often develop it during wartime campaigns!
Swelling or redness
If you have swelling in your foot, it’s important to see a podiatrist. Swelling can be a sign of a serious infection or injury. If you notice swelling after an activity that didn’t involve your feet, such as running or biking, then it may be caused by overuse and not related to an injury.
Tingling or Numbness
If you’re experiencing a “pins and needles” sensation, it could be a sign of nerve damage. A pinched nerve can cause this feeling by compressing the sensory nerve fibers in your foot. This can happen when there’s an abnormal amount of pressure on the nerves or if they become compressed against hard surfaces such as bones or joints within the spine.
If you feel numbness in one area of your foot, it could mean that something is pressing against a nerve branch near that spot — like when you step on something sharp while walking barefoot in flip-flops at night while wearing sunglasses with no lights on in an unfamiliar place (don’t do this).
If you notice tingling sensations like pins-and-needles throughout multiple areas of your feet at once (or even all over), it could mean there’s something wrong with either your spinal cord or brainstem (the part responsible for regulating essential bodily functions like breathing).
Itching or Burning
If you experience any itching, burning, or other sensations in your feet or toes, seeing a foot doctor or podiatrist is essential. These symptoms can be signs of severe conditions such as athlete’s foot and diabetes.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes scaling and peeling of the skin on the soles of your feet. You may also experience itching around the affected area. Symptoms tend to worsen at night when moisture builds up between toes while sleeping (and staying warm).
Corns or Calluses
Corns and calluses are common conditions on the sole of your foot. Corns and calluses may be painful, uncomfortable, unsightly, and sometimes embarrassing! A podiatrist can treat both corns and calluses in one visit, so it’s always best to get ahead of them.
If your hammertoes are bending toward the middle of your foot, they could be too tight. Hammertoes are caused by tightness in the muscles and tendons in your foot. This can happen when you wear shoes that don’t fit well or even if you have flat feet (low arches).
Hammertoe pain is usually felt at first when walking or standing for long periods, but it may also occur when sitting down for long periods as well–especially if there’s pressure on top of the toe that causes it to bend further inward toward the arch. The pain worsens with activity and during sleep because those moments aren’t active enough for blood flow to return up through those affected areas!
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At Urgent Foot Care, we offer a wide range of services to help you get back on your feet. Whether you’re suffering from a fracture or have another condition causing pain, our state-of-the-art facilities and sports medicine specialists can help.
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