Foot Pain Specialist

Steven N Klein, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Mountain View, CA & Redwood City, CA

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.

Foot Pain Q & A

What causes foot pain?

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:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Corns and calluses
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis

Conditions involving damaged nerves such as Morton’s neuroma and peripheral neuropathy also cause foot pain.

What causes ankle 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:

  • Ankle fractures
  • Chronic instability
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Tendon injuries
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendon injuries

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.

What other symptoms accompany ankle and foot pain?

The conditions responsible for your ankle and foot pain often cause other symptoms, such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Swelling and redness
  • Bruising
  • Corns and calluses
  • Limited movement
  • Burning pain
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Inability to put weight on your foot

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.

How are ankle and foot pain treated?

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:

  • Rest
  • Immobilization (brace, cast, or walking boot)
  • Activity modification
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy and home exercises
  • Custom orthotics
  • Proper footwear
  • Surgery

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.