Foot pain affects about one in five people aged 18 and older, to the point where it severely inhibits your ability to live life and increases your risk for falls. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists understand the complex nature of foot pain and specialize in treating its many causes. If you experience persistent foot pain, call one of their offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Ulcers that don’t heal can develop an infection that spreads to deep tissues and bone. Uncontrolled diabetes increases your risk for severe foot ulcers because high blood sugar damages blood vessels. Lack of blood supply contributes to the formation of ulcers and prevents them from healing.
Damaged or malfunctioning nerves, such as the following, can cause your foot pain:
Nerves in the ball of your foot become enlarged and inflamed.
When Morton’s neuroma or any nerve problem is treatable with surgery, the cut nerve may begin to regrow with the new nerve cells becoming trapped in the surrounding tissues, creating a stump of painful nerves.
Nerve injury and entrapment
Nerve entrapment occurs when nerves are chronically compressed by a physical problem or tight shoes. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a common nerve entrapment condition.
Your feet are vulnerable to developing bony growths and deformities due to pressure from walking and ill-fitting shoes, or shoes with high heels and pointed toes. Examples of deformities include:
The doctors at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists often treat foot sprains and injuries such as:
A fractured calcaneus, or heel bone, tends to be a severe injury because the spongy bone inside the heel collapses when the protective outer bone breaks.
This fracture occurs in an area of the long bone connected to the little toe that has a poor blood supply. As a result, it has a high risk of nonunion, or not healing properly.
The Lisfranc joint is found where the metatarsal bones meet the bones of the arch. Lisfranc injuries include sprained ligaments, fractures, or dislocations that affect this joint.
Please don’t hesitate to call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists to book an appointment and get relief from your foot pain.