Foot Pain Overview
About Foot Pain
Each foot consists of 28 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, all of which collectively provide support, balance, and movement for the foot. As many as 42% of adults suffer from foot pain. Although it cannot be prevented, early identification of possible causes can lead to prevention, intervention, and cure.
What Causes Foot Pain
Your feet bear the weight of the entire body. Sometimes, an accidental sprain can cause foot pain while others are caused by ageing. In summary, foot pain can also be caused by an injury to bones or soft tissue. Some possible risk factors for feet injuries are:
- Running-related sports
- Other health problems (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout)
Symptoms Of Foot Pain
Limited Range of Motion
Diagnosing Foot Pain
Determining the source of the pain is essential to recommend the right method of treatment and rehabilitation. Here at Singapore Paincare, our team of experienced primary care physicians and pain care specialists will conduct a thorough diagnosis. This includes a physical exam, questions about your symptoms and an evaluation of your medical history. Additional tests like X-ray, CT scan or MRI may be needed to evaluate the condition.
A Message About Foot Pain
Foot pain can be the most debilitating aspect of walking. Any causes of foot pain can interfere with daily activities of walking, standing and jumping. While many foot problems may be caused locally, there are many systemic conditions such as Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes that can cause significant foot pain. Even spinal conditions such as nerve impingement and compression from the bone spur or slipped disc from the spine can give rise to significant foot pain.
Some causes of foot pain will need rest and protective behaviour, while other foot pain may need engagement of movement and stress loading of the foot. Applying inappropriate principles to the wrong conditions will have a poor outcome. Walking and engaging the pain in Plantar Fasciitis is helpful but not in Gout arthropathy.
Addressing the precise local causes of foot pain with Myospan injection therapy will remove the cause of the pain generator, giving full recovery to the underlying condition. This followed by appropriate rehabilitation will prevent a recurrence.
What Treatments Are Available for Foot Pain?
In many instances, non-surgical treatment methods can provide excellent outcomes. At Singapore Paincare, we aim to treat your pain with the least invasive option possible after accurately identifying the cause of your pain. Our approach to pain resolution focuses on the removal of pain generators via specialised injection and minimally invasive procedures. Combined with pharmacological treatments and cognitive and physical rehabilitative therapies, we help patients improve functions and prevent pain from recurring.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Foot Pain
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
Surgical Treatments for Foot Pain
If the condition does not respond well to conservative treatments surgery may be needed. As surgery always comes with associated risks, complications and downtime – it may not be suitable for everyone.
How Can I Prevent Foot Pain?
You can reduce your risk of having foot pain by:
- Stretching regularly to keep your foot and heel tendons flexible
- Wearing properly fitted shoes
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