If you notice shoes that previously fit your feet seem tighter and more uncomfortable, especially in the midfoot area, you may have developed a splay foot. This condition is simply a widening of the feet as the metatarsals spread out. Wider feet can then contribute to fallen arches, resulting in pain. A simple way to find out if you have a splay foot is to look at your feet. One may also feel increased pain when walking or standing and a tendency to walk on the outside of the feet. This gait change may cause calluses because of the shift in weight distribution. A splay foot can also be noticed by a wearing down of the shoes on the outside edge. In some cases, hammertoes and other toe deformities may begin to appear. The exact cause of splay foot is up for debate, but many experts believe that obesity, the long-term wearing of high heels, and aging may be factors. Finding shoes that fit wider feet can help to reduce the effects of a splay foot. In addition, foot-strengthening exercises are thought to be the best way to overcome the symptoms. Please visit a podiatrist for more information and to learn the treatment option that is best for you.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.