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Foot Pain NYC
Every step you take, you’re putting the entire weight of your body on your feet. And with people walking an average of four miles a day and 115,000 miles in a lifetime, it’s no wonder that most people experience foot pain sooner or later.
Foot pain can affect any part of your foot, from the toes to the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel. Improper foot mechanics can also cause pain in the knee, hip and back. Most people see foot pain as merely inconvenient. But left untreated, foot pain can lead to long- term damage and disability. And there’s no need to suffer with foot pain. At Living Well, we’ve been successfully treating all types of foot pain for years, without the need for surgery.
As our natural means of transportation, it's understandable that our feet take abuse and we end up in pain. The concrete and blacktop of NYC are often unforgiving on the soft tissues of the body, causing injuries and pain that affect how you live your life each day. Foot pain is so frustrating because for many of us, we simply cannot stay off of our feet and give them rest. With treatment at Living Well Medical in NYC, you can put your pain to rest and get relief.
Because we know that many patients want to understand what is happening in their bodies, educating pain sufferers on their bodies is a big part of our process. Read on and learn more about a few of the more common causes of pain in your feet, all of which can typically be treated with our comprehensive approach to pain relief.
Pain in the arch of your foot might be caused by plantar fasciitis, a painful and sometimes chronic condition that involves the large band of connective tissue that start at the front of the heel bone and connects to the metatarsal bones of the toes. Often encountered in patients who deal with extended periods of weight-bearing activity as in work situations and those with a high body mass index (BMI), plantar fasciitis can become degenerative in chronic cases. Pain is typically felt in the heel area and can cause stiffness in the toes. Our NYC office has years of experience treating plantar fasciitis and other foot problems.
When the tibial nerve is compressed as it passes into the foot, often due to irritation and inflammation of the tendons that also travel through the tarsal tunnel, severe burning pains that radiate into the big toe can result. Patients also experience numbness, tingling, paresthesia (pins & needles), and cramping.
If compression of the nerve is significant enough, pain can also spread to the entire foot and the ankle. Commonly, manual therapies can be used to restore proper function in conjunction with rest and other treatments, as necessary.
Degeneration of the joints is normal to a certain degree as we grow older, but there is a limit to what we can take. Arthritis of the foot is breakdown of the cartilage and lubricating parts of the joints that allow for regular function. It is often the result of trauma or genetics, but there are over 100 identified types of arthritis with as many causes.
A doctor can help you determine the cause of your arthritis. Although arthritis cannot be "healed," the pain that results can be managed to impact your life as little as possible. Living Well Medical in the Downtown area of Manhattan, NYC is home to a pain management specialist, Dr. Arnold Blank, MD, who is Board Certified in Pain Management and can help ease the pain of arthritis of the foot.
Heel spurs are growths of bone on the underside of the heel bone. They can become painful when inflammation develops at the point where the spur forms.
The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It’s made of connective tissue that can become inflamed, most commonly through overuse or arthritis. This causes pain in the heel and along the tendon when walking or running.
Metatarsalgia is pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Most often, this comes from running or participating in high-impact sports. But it can also occur when something changes the way you normally walk (your foot mechanics) and puts extra pressure on the metatarsals, the five bones that extend from the heel into the toes.
Every one of these conditions is either caused or worsened by improper foot mechanics–putting too much pressure in the wrong place.
That’s where Gaitscan comes in. At Living Well, foot pain treatment starts with our unique GaitScan analysis. Using sophisticated computer hardware and software, GaitScan tracks how much pressure you place on every part of your foot when you walk. This shows which parts of the foot are overburdened and any deviations from normal foot mechanics. This is the first step in correcting what’s causing the pain.
Usually, GaitScan provides the information needed to design a custom pair of orthotics. Orthotics are removable shoe inserts. Instead of thinking about how to change the way you walk, orthotics change it for you. This redistributes the pressure on your feet, which is often enough to make foot pain disappear. But GaitScan and orthotics are only the start.
Our physical therapist will develop a program of stretching, strengthening, and dynamic balancing programs for you to start recovering from your injury, and getting the muscles, ligaments, and tendons strong enough to reduce the chances of improper loading and the reoccurrence of the injury. We also use a combined approach with other techniques such as kinesio taping, and the Graston Technique to treat foot, ankle, and most soft tissue pain with great success. Along with Ice/STIM, and heat. STIM techniques, and cold laser applications, our combined, individualized approach has no rival in treating pain without the need for surgery.
At Living Well, we design a comprehensive treatment program for every foot pain sufferer that ranges from physical therapy to individualized pain management. And it’s all done at the same convenient downtown Manhattan location.
For our patients who have difficulty walking without pain due to a foot problem, Living Well Medical in NYC creates programs for treatment that cater to the individual being treated. Our approach encapsulates multiple therapies that work to relieve pain and restore function.
Including technological advancements like computerized gait analysis, we can find imbalances in your walking patterns and create custom orthotics to target the source of your pain. All of our treatments are completely non-surgical, working towards wellness without relying on the risky methods found in traditional medicine. Your health is our goal.