As Podiatrists, this is often the beginning of a period of detective work to reach a diagnosis. Once we know the cause of the pain or discomfort, we can work out what we need to do to make it better.
Our 3 year training to degree level teaches us to take a history of the presenting problem. Where does it hurt, what does the pain feel like, when did it start, when does it occur, is it getting worse gradually or rapidly? Then we look, feel and move the foot. Can we see anything? Does it feel unusual? Is there any pain when we move the joints? We assess the circulation and sensation. Sometimes we may need to do further tests too.
We then make our diagnosis of the probable cause and what else it could be if it’s not that. Of course, if we’ve seen the condition before then it makes it easier to diagnose and that’s when our clinical experience, as well as training, comes into play.
There are many things that can cause foot pain, here a just a few common ones. Skin problems like corns, callus, verrucae, cracked heels, chilblains and fungal infections. Conditions of the nails, thickened nails, fungal nails, corns under nails and ingrowing toenails. Biomechanical problems such as plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, bunions, hallux limitus, neuromas, bursitis, and osteoarthritis. Inflammatory illnesses, for example rheumatoid arthritis and polymyalgia. Oedema, blood clots, peripheral vascular disease and lymphoedema.
Once we have our diagnosis, we will then discuss a treatment plan with you. For skin conditions, this can involve treatments that you can do at home as well as a course of traditional Podiatry treatment. For biomechanical issues, we often advise specific strengthening and stretching exercises, and orthotics to support the foot structure. We can advise on general foot health, shoe fitting and other professionals that may be able to assist with relief of your pain.
So, if you have foot pain, what are you waiting for? Book an appointment and get a diagnosis and, more importantly, a solution to your pain.
The Foot Room Longridge and Broughton offer outstanding Chiropody and Podiatry for the areas of Fulwood, Preston, Garstang and Whalley. We specialise in treatments for ingrowing toenails, fungal nails, verruca, corns and dry cracked heels. We do gait analysis and biomechanical assessments for sports injuries and orthotics as well as spa pedicures, warm wax treatments and nail painting.