Foot pain can be prevalent among older individuals, impacting approximately one in four seniors. It poses a significant threat to mobility and balance and is an independent contributor to the risk of falls. The management of foot pain is often overlooked in geriatric healthcare, resulting in unnecessary suffering and disability among older adults. Fortunately, conservative interventions such as routine foot care, proper footwear guidance, and the use of foot orthoses have proven effective in reducing foot pain and preserving mobility in older individuals. These interventions play a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and independence of older adults who may otherwise endure chronic foot pain unnecessarily. If you are a senior or caring for one, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and advice on how to best protect aging feet.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Paul A. Santangelo, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.