If you stub your toe on a chair or roll your foot while you’re playing basketball, it’s pretty obvious why you are in pain. However, millions of Americans develop foot pain in a different manner without an acute cause of injury. So if your foot is hurting but you didn’t experience a specific moment of injury, what could be causing your discomfort? In today’s blog, we take a closer look at five foot conditions that can develop without an obvious injury.
Foot Pain With No Acute Injury
If you’re dealing with a new or recurrent foot pain and you can’t trace it back to an obvious injury, here’s a look at five conditions that you may be dealing with:
- Bunion – As we’ve explained on the blog in the past, a bunion is a slow-developing issue in the big toe joint. Due to pressure from tight shoes and how pressure is dispersed in our foot, the big toe joint can slowly shift out of place, giving a person the appearance of a bony prominence on the side of their foot at the base of the big toe. This can also lead to joint instability and pain, so if you notice a bump on the side of your big toe joint, you may be dealing with the formation of a bunion.
- Gout – Gout is an inflammatory condition that is caused by the buildup of uric acid in your joints. This uric acid buildup is more common in individuals with a less than stellar diet and in those who live a sedentary lifestyle. If you’re dealing with sharp or chronic discomfort in your ankle or foot joints, reexamine your dietary and lifestyle choices and work to make improvements in both in order to help keep gout at bay.
- Arthritis – Arthritis of the foot and ankle is incredibly common, especially in order adults who have put a lot of normal stress on their foot over the years. Arthritis can also develop in different forms, but it tends to lead to problems like stiffness, swelling and pain in your foot and ankle. Controlled exercise, dietary improvements, vitamin supplements and becoming more active can all help to keep arthritis symptoms at bay, but you may benefit from a consultation with a specialist to learn more about your individual arthritis diagnosis.
- Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis is a condition that involves inflammation to the thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot that runs from your heel to your toes. This tissue can rupture as a result of overstress, but much smaller tears can also cause pain and discomfort due to chronic stress without enough rest. Runners, athletes or even active individuals who aren’t wearing a supportive shoe can experience this tissue tearing and inflammation, and the condition rarely gets better without active treatment, which can cause symptoms to linger and return based on your activity levels. Physical therapy and other active conservative treatments can help put an end to your plantar fasciitis.
- Tendonitis – A final condition that can cause discomfort in your foot without an obvious cause of injury is tendonitis. Tendonitis involves inflammation of any of the tendons in your foot, and like plantar fasciitis, it can be caused by overstressing the tendons with too much activity. It can commonly develop in your Achilles, peroneal or extensor tendons in your foot, and it usually responds well to rest, stretching, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. Left untreated, it could lead to a tendon rupture, which may require surgery, so don’t ignore tendon pain.
If you want help identifying or overcoming foot and ankle pain that has developed without an obvious cause of injury, reach out to Dr. McDonald and his team today at (860) 244-8889.