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Common Causes of Foot Pain

No matter your age, living with pain is not something you should accept. Pain is not a guaranteed consequence of aging, but it is more common in higher age groups. Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is not right and needs to be addressed. You should visit a podiatrist with any foot pain that you have to figure out why, and treat it. Treat your foot pain in Salem, OR with our team of expert podiatrists from Cascade Foot Center.

What Are Some Causes of Foot Pain?

Foot pain comes in two main forms: traumatic and atraumatic. Generally, when you sustain a traumatic injury to the foot, such as in a car accident or falling and breaking a bone, there is no question that you should go to a doctor. Some examples of traumatic injuries to the foot can result from:

  • Broken bones, bone bruises, or hairline fractures
  • Strains of the muscles
  • Sprains of the ligaments and other connective tissue,
  • Stubbing a toe
  • Crush injury from something heavy falling on your foot

Sometimes, there is no traumatic injury, but you still have foot pain. In this case, it is not always obvious what actions you should take. A visit to a podiatrist for traumatic foot pain is still necessary, perhaps even more so. Some non-traumatic causes of foot pain that we see in Salem, OR are:

  • Arthritis: Arthritis, which can be systemic or from normal wear-and-tear, may show up in any part of the body including the foot.
  • Deformities of the foot: You may have a foot deformity from birth or it may develop later. Examples of inherited abnormalities include flat feet or their counterparts - abnormally high arches. Examples of foot abnormalities that may develop later in life are bunions or hammertoes.
  • Ill-footing footwear: Routinely wearing shoes that don't fit well can lead to deformities of the foot.
  • Morton's neuroma: This is a thickening of tissues surrounding a bundle of nerves in the foot.
  • Diabetic neuropathy: This condition is a consequence of diabetes that commonly attacks the foot. It causes decreased circulation and disrupted nerve signals leading to and from the foot. 
  • Viruses or fungus: Examples of what the 3 factors may cause are plantar warts and athlete's foot.
  • Infections: Your toes or feet may become infected from a cut that was not promptly treated.
  • Plantar Fasciitis (PF): PF is a common condition that causes foot pain. It is inflammation of the thick band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of your foot and supports the arch. 
  • Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis or inflammation of another tendon in the foot can cause severe pain.

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Treat your foot pain in Salem, OR by scheduling a consultation with our team of expert podiatrists from Cascade Foot Center. You can reach us at (503) 588-8188.

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