Foot Problems

Foot Problems Specialist
Your feet are strong enough to support your entire body, but because of this difficult job feet can be prone to injury and pain. If you’re experiencing foot pain, the orthopedic foot specialists at Greater Austin Orthopaedics can help. They offer expert diagnosis and treatment for foot pain and injuries, using both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Schedule an appointment online or call us to get started.

Foot Problems Q & A

What are some common foot issues?  

Most often, orthopedic foot specialists see patients with issues falling into these four categories:

  • Sprains or tears in ligaments
  • Strains or tears in tendons or muscles
  • Deep bruising
  • Fractures

These common types of foot and ankle injuries, most of which involve multiple structures, including soft tissues, bones, joints, and nerves, often occur as a result of slip-and-fall accidents, improper footwear, sports injuries, and car accidents.

Other injuries occur because of diseases like arthritis or diabetes, or conditions such as bunions or corns that either decrease sensations in the foot or cause painful areas that can result in an imbalanced or unstable gait.

Some other common injuries and disorders of the foot include:

  • Hammertoes
  • Hallux rigidus (stiff big toe)
  • Lisfranc sprain or fracture
  • Fifth metatarsal base
  • Pes planus (flat foot deformity)

What are some nonsurgical treatments for foot pain?

Depending on the cause of the pain, your doctor may determine that your foot should be treated without surgery. In this case, your doctor may recommend:

  • Ice and rest
  • Heel and foot muscle stretches
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Steroid injections
  • Shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole

If none of these treatments work, then your orthopedic specialist may conclude that foot surgery is necessary.

How does my doctor decide if I need to have surgery?

Your doctor carefully inspects the foot with a thorough physical examination. Imaging tests including X-rays, MRIs, or other diagnostic imaging are then used to test the structure of the foot and to plan surgery to achieve the best possible outcome. Some foot injuries are treatable with nonsurgical care; other injuries, like complex fractures and ligament or tendon tears, most often require surgery to repair. Many issues affecting the structures or surfaces of the joint, including advanced arthritis, also require surgery.

Even if you don’t know what’s causing it, if you’re experiencing foot pain, seeing an orthopedic foot specialist is a good idea. At Greater Austin Orthopaedics, the expert orthopedic foot specialists can diagnose the cause of your foot pain and start you on a treatment plan. Call us or request an appointment online.

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