What to do when you have foot pain?

With gyms being closed,  walking or running may be your preferred activity for wellness.  But what do you do when you are faced with a nagging pain in your foot?

It is not normal to feel pain in your feet, so should you experience this, it means it is time to do to some investigating!

First, check your shoe soles.  Are they fairly worn out? Are they wearing unevenly?  This could be your first sign.  Try replacing your shoes to see if this remedies the discomfort.

But what if your shoes are fine, or you just can’t afford a new pair of shoes right at this moment?  The next best step is to ice your foot 2-3 times a day for 10 minutes and take an anti-inflammatory (always consult with your doctor before adding medication to your care plan).

If you are noticing some relief, add stretching exercises to your care routine.  Practice picking up towels with your toes, roll your arch over a cold water bottle, and practice these helpful stretches too.

When at home remedies are not providing relief, it may be time to consider another method of treatment called Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, ESWT for short.  ESWT uses shockwaves to penetrate deep into your foot and promote healing.  It is most commonly used to treat plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, both common causes of foot pain.

ESWT is used when other more conservative treatments have failed, but before opting for surgical methods. There are different levels of shockwaves; some that require a local anesthetic and others that don’t. This therapy offers many of the same results as surgery, but with less downtime and a much faster rate of recovery.

Podiatrists and patients alike prefer ESWT to surgery, because of reduced healing times. You will probably notice, even after the first day, that the pain does not worsen. As the damaged cells begin to repair and new cells grow, you will note that your pain is subsiding even more. After a session of this therapy, you will most likely notice soreness or possibly some bruising. However, these effects are mild compared to those of surgical intervention.

If you want to learn more about ESWT, call Dr. John Hollander, DPM today at 707-578-1222 or schedule an appointment online. We want your feet to be as healthy as they can be. Faster, more effective healing means you’ll be ready for your next adventure.