Foot pain can be debilitating and can affect one’s ability to walk, run, or perform daily activities. One common type of foot pain is joint pain, which can affect any of the more than 30 joints in the foot. Joint pain is usually accompanied by swelling, tenderness, stiffness, redness, bruising, and warmth over the affected joints.
There are several factors that can cause joint pain in the foot. Joint pain may be due to injury caused by trauma or overuse, infection, inflammation, arthritis, bursitis, gout, or structural foot problems. Depending on the cause, joint pain may be chronic or acute, and mild or severe.
It is important to seek medical attention if you experience joint pain in the foot, especially if there is swelling, tenderness, or redness. A foot and ankle surgeon can best determine the cause of your joint pain and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Initial treatments for joint pain usually involve rest, elevation, and limitation of walking or weight-bearing on the painful foot. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Ice therapy can also help to reduce inflammation and pain in the affected area.
In some cases, custom orthotic devices may be prescribed to support the foot and reduce pain. Orthotics can improve foot function, correct structural abnormalities, and alleviate pressure on the affected joint. Physical therapy and specialized exercises may also be recommended to strengthen and stabilize the affected joint.
If conservative treatments are not effective, surgery may be needed to correct the underlying problem causing joint pain. Surgery can help to remove damaged tissue, repair or replace joints, and correct structural abnormalities. Your foot and ankle surgeon can help to determine the best course of treatment for your specific situation.
If you are experiencing joint pain in your foot, it is important to seek medical attention promptly. Dr Gilbert Huang DPM is a trusted foot and ankle surgeon who can provide care and support for your joint pain. Some common types of joint pain that Dr. Huang can treat include bunions, capsulitis of the second toe, gout, osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle, tailor’s bunion, tarsal coalition, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Don’t let joint pain in your foot limit your mobility or affect your daily activities. Seek medical attention from a trusted foot and ankle surgeon and get back on your feet in no time.