Foot & Lower Limb Pain
What are the main causes of foot and lower limb pain?
There are many causes of this kind of pain, including:
Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
Injury – such as sprains, breaks and fractures
Arthritis – inflammation of the joints and other tissues
Tendonitis – inflammation of the tendon structures that attach to the bones of your feet (e.g. the Achilles which connects your calf muscle to your feet)
Shin splints – refers to pain felt anywhere along the shinbone from the knee to the ankle
Peripheral vascular disease – where blood flow is constricted
Sever’s disease – is a common cause of heel pain, particularly in young and physically active people
Deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot that forms in the veins of the leg
Sciatica and radiculopathy – pain in the buttock and leg caused by pressure on nerves in the lower back
Flat feet, corns, calluses, bunions or a range of other ailments
How can you heal your pain?
A good step is to see your podiatrist, who can assess and treat you as part of a personalised treatment plan.
What is the best treatment?
No single treatment works for everyone, which is why it is so important to see your podiatrist who can tailor a treatment plan to specifically reflect your needs.
Treatment for pain can be varied – to include anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Whereas if swelling and inflammation is the cause of pain – ice packs, strapping and stretching can form part of your treatment plan. For biomechanical issues – such as flat feet or bunions – orthotics may be prescribed as part of a wider treatment plan.
Given the complexity of ailments affecting the feet and lower limbs, only your podiatrist can prescribe the treatment most suited to your needs.
Most importantly, don’t self- diagnose pain treatment!