Up to 36% of adults struggle with foot pain that’s severe enough to stop them from doing the things they enjoy. Steven N. Klein, DPM, specializes in getting to the source of the issue and using a wide range of therapies to solve the problem, relieve your pain, and get you back into action. If you need help for ankle or foot pain, call one of the offices in Mountain View or Redwood City, California, or use the online booking feature to request an appointment.
Your foot is a complex structure that’s strong enough to bear your body weight and sustain the force of striking the ground. It’s also a flexible structure that maintains your balance.
Considering the daily stress your foot endures, it’s no surprise that there’s a long list of conditions that cause pain. Some of the most common include:
Conditions involving damaged nerves such as Morton’s neuroma and peripheral neuropathy also cause foot pain.
When it comes to your ankle, sprains are the most common cause of pain. A sprain occurs when you twist your ankle and stretch or tear the ligaments.
In addition to sprains, ankle pain is often caused by:
Though not as common as the conditions listed above, you can also develop ankle pain from skin and bone infections that develop due to diabetic ulcers and after acute injuries.
The conditions responsible for your ankle and foot pain often cause other symptoms, such as:
If your ankle or foot pain doesn’t get better in a few days, or you have severe swelling and pain, the best thing you can do is follow the RICE protocol — rest, ice, compression, and elevation — and call Dr. Klein for an exam.
Dr. Klein first determines the cause of your pain by evaluating your symptoms, examining your foot, and taking X-rays or other images. Then he develops a treatment plan that targets the underlying problem and eases your pain.
Your treatment may include one or more of the following:
Foot surgery to repair the problem is the last resort. But if your pain doesn’t improve or you have a progressive foot condition that gets worse, Dr. Klein talks to you about surgical options.
You don’t need to put up with foot pain. Call Steven N. Klein, DPM, or connect online to book an appointment today.