Foot pain can stop you in your tracks.
Perhaps you’re an athlete in excellent health who has noticed the emergence of severe foot pain after running. Or, perhaps you’re an active person who has lately been unable to perform routine activities and recreation because of chronic, painful symptoms that affect the foot.
Both of these issues ultimately have the same consequence: a compromised ability to participate in the activities you love and to maintain your uninhibited lifestyle. As athletes ourselves, we understand the importance of an active lifestyle. OrthoAspen is dedicated to supporting, enabling and restoring the health of our patients so they can take part in the activities most important to them.
Common Culprits: Seven Causes of Foot Pain
Causes of foot pain are greatly varied, ranging from degenerative conditions to traumatic injuries and deformities. Listed below are seven of the most common orthopedic issues responsible for serious foot pain.
Arthritis is a degenerative condition that causes the protective cartilage on the ends of bones to gradually degrade, resulting in joint damage, inflammation and reduced mobility. There are several types of arthritis affecting the joints of the foot and ankle, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and posttraumatic arthritis.
This condition is caused by inflammation and irritation of the tendons that join the bones of the foot to the network of associated muscles. This condition results in foot pain in the heel and is often caused by high-impact overuse.
Bursitis is an inflammatory condition similar to tendonitis caused by irritation of the bursae (fluid-filled sacs that serve to cushion bones, muscles and connective tissues and prevent joint damage). It often results from overuse related to repetitive motions.
Do you have a particularly rich diet or a history of kidney issues? The cause of foot pain may be gout, which produces symptoms of intense joint pain and visible joint swelling, most often in the big toe. Lifestyle and diet modifications will be recommended for gout patients as part of our integrative care.
- Bone Spurs
Joint damage from arthritis or the presence of a musculoskeletal deformity may cause bone spurs: small, rough abnormalities that extend from bone edges. They can create symptoms of foot pain and reduced mobility but often will go undetected until subsequent joint damage has been produced.
- Diabetic Neuropathy
Are you a patient suffering from diabetes? The high blood sugar associated with this condition can cause damage to nerve fibers. While diabetic neuropathy affects the entire body, the nerve fibers of the feet are particularly prone to resultant damage.
- Stress Fractures
Repetitive motions and high-impact overuse, most often from athletic activities, can cause small breaks (stress fractures) to form in the bones of the feet. These fractures may also form due to normal, low-impact use if the bones are weakened by a degenerative bone condition.
Orthopedic Foot Care at OrthoAspen
At OrthoAspen, we recognize and emphasize the value of adventure and the dynamic, critical role that physical activity plays in overall orthopedic health. Because the Aspen area is popular with both athletes (such as hikers, rock climbers, skiers and mountain bikers) and retirees, our board-certified foot specialist has extensive experience treating the diverse foot injuries and conditions that affect patients of all ages. Our treatment plans are specialized and personalized to address each patient’s particular needs, condition and medical history.
The common factor in each patient experience is our commitment to restoring your active lifestyle. To learn more about treatments for foot pain at OrthoAspen or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.