Foot Pain Specialist
When you suffer from pain in your feet, it can affect your overall wellbeing as well as severely limit your mobility. Dr. Levi at Grand Central Podiatry in Manhattan offers over 25 years of experience in helping patients relieve pain and return to full mobility.
Foot Pain Q & A
by Ernest S. Levi, DPM
What are the most common causes of foot pain?
Feet bear all of our weight and are complex and delicate structures. There are 26 bones, with a large amount of connecting tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles. There are many conditions and injuries that can cause pain in your feet. Many causes of foot pain are related to injuries from slip-and-fall accidents or sports injuries, especially from sports that cause significant impact to the bottoms of the feet. Some of the most common conditions that cause foot pain include:
- Arch-related problems, including flat feet and “fallen” arches
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diseases that affect circulation, including diabetes
- Fractures, sprains, and strains
- Gait-related problems
- Heel spurs
- Ingrown toenails
- Neuromas and other nerve-related issues
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar warts
- Repetitive stress
- Shoes that do not fit properly or do not provide adequate support
How are the causes of foot pain diagnosed?
Dr. Levi will first perform a physical examination of the foot and review your symptoms. He will ask questions about your personal and family health history to look for issues that might be causing the pain or have a bearing effect on treatment. During the examination, he will guide the feet through passive and active movements to determine the source of pain and to evaluate the function and flexibility of the foot and ankle. When a physical examination does not provide enough information to develop a full diagnosis, Dr. Levi may order x-rays or other imaging procedures to provide additional information.
What treatments are available for foot pain?
Dr. Levi will determine the best treatment to address your foot pain after diagnosing the cause of your discomfort. Typically, conservative options such as oral medications, steroid injections, custom orthotics, and stretching exercises are used first. In some cases, he may suggest physical therapy. If the plantar fascia is involved, special splints may be used to help gently stretch the tissue and improve flexibility over time. In cases where the causes of foot pain are more complex and conservative options aren’t effective in providing relief, surgery may be recommended to remove heel spurs, reposition the plantar fascia, or provide other corrective measures.
Ernest Levi, DPM | 30 East 40th Street | Suite 401 | New York, NY 10016