OrthoAspen offers effective, integrative care for patients with foot pain
The average person walks more than 100,000 miles in their lifetime. For the active residents of the Aspen, Colorado, area, that number may be considerably higher.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the feet are one of the most commonly injured anatomical areas of the body. Many patients deal with foot pain in Aspen. For some, the pain is the consequence of a traumatic injury; for others, a degenerative musculoskeletal condition is the culprit.
What is the exact source and nature of the painful symptoms you are experiencing? There are a number of common conditions that may be responsible.
Common Sources of Foot Pain in Aspen
OrthoAspen is proud to offer effective, integrative treatment options for patients with all manner of foot pain in Aspen. We have extensive experience diagnosing the types of issues and conditions that are responsible for foot pain.
Listed below are three of the most common foot pain causes.
- Stress Fractures
Have you been experiencing foot pain after running? Stress fractures are one of the most common sources of severe foot pain among athletes, especially runners. Stress fractures are small cracks that form in bone (most frequently the bones of the feet) as the result of repetitive stress and overuse. They are most commonly experienced by athletes and patients with bone conditions that make the feet susceptible to bone damage.
Symptoms that indicate the presence of stress fractures most notably include gradually building pain in a localized area of the foot. This pain will usually only occur during and after activity in early stages, but may occur during rest as the injury advances; the pain may likewise spread beyond the original localized area, and swelling may occur.
- TendonitisTendons are the connective tissues that join muscle to bone throughout the body, including the feet. Tendonitis is another name for inflammation and irritation of a tendon. The most serious and well-known tendonitis condition to affect the foot is Achilles tendonitis, which damages the tendon that joins the calf muscle to the heel bone and causes severe foot pain in the heel. However, tendonitis may affect any of the foot’s tendons. If left untreated, it may worsen and cause tendon ruptures.
Telltale symptoms of tendonitis include dull, aching pain; tenderness around the affected area; and mild to moderate swelling. Pain will most frequently be centered around the heel.
Arthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the joints of the body, including those of the feet. There are numerous types of arthritis that may affect the feet and cause chronic foot pain in Aspen patients. These include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, septic arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis of the foot will vary depending upon the type and severity of the responsible arthritic condition. Common symptoms include pain, tenderness, inflammation and immobility in the joints of the feet, as well as grating sensations and a loss of flexibility.
These are just a few of the many conditions that may be responsible for your painful symptoms; other common causes include plantar fasciitis, bursitis, fractures, flat feet and more.
Whatever condition or injury is the source of your foot pain in Aspen, the foot and ankle specialists at OrthoAspen can provide you with the targeted care you need to make a full, successful recovery. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.