Does your foot pain keep you from doing the things you want to do? Determining the cause of your pain and finding an effective treatment can help you get back on your feet. Dr. Steven Vines, your foot doctor in Oxnard and Ventura, CA, diagnoses painful foot conditions and offers treatments that will ease your pain.
Why does my foot hurt?
Foot pain can be caused by:
- Old Shoes: Your shoes may look perfectly fine, but that doesn't mean that they're still supporting and cushioning your foot adequately. Failure to replace worn out shoes can increase your risk of developing Achilles tendinitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis or painful stone bruises on the bottom of your foot.
- Thinning Fat Pads: Fat pads underneath your foot help cushion and protect it. Unfortunately, as you get older, the fat pads under your heel and on the ball of your foot become thinner, which can lead to pain. Orthotics can provide a little extra cushioning if your pain is due to thinning fat pads.
- Ingrown Toenails: Has the edge of your toenail grown into the skin surrounding your nail? Ingrown toenails can occur if you round your nails instead of cutting them straight across or wear tight shoes or socks. Your Oxnard or Loma Vista podiatrist will remove the trapped edge of the nail during a minor procedure.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot, becomes inflamed. Night splints, physical therapy and pain medication can reduce plantar fasciitis pain.
- Bunions: A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe when the joint moves out of alignment. The condition is common in women who wear high heels but can affect anyone. Buying roomier shoes and wearing orthotics can be helpful, although surgery may be needed in some cases.
- Fractures: Did your pain start after you dropped a can on your foot or jumped from a significant height? You may have a fractured bone. Stress fractures can also cause foot pain. The fractures, which cause cracks in bones, occur due to overuse activities. Crutches and walking boots or casts may be used to relieve stress on your foot while you recover from your injury.
Not sure why you have foot pain? Schedule an appointment with foot doctor Dr. Steven Vines by calling (805) 485-3151 for the Oxnard, CA, office or (805) 648-3222 for the Ventura office.