Foot and ankle pain and discomfort can make everyday tasks difficult, but with a wide range of treatments available, you don’t have to suffer in silence.
Foot pain can be divided into the ball, sole, top and heel of the foot as well as the toes and the ankle.
What are the causes of foot and ankle pain?
Common causes of foot and ankle pain can be excessive exercise, inflammatory arthritis and tight fitting footwear. Other causes for pain can include gout, bunions, ingrown toenails, sprains or broken bones. The shape of the foot, including high arches or hammer toes, can also contribute to pain in the ball of the foot.
How can foot and ankle pain be treated?
Treatments for foot and ankle pain depend on the underlying cause. Many cases of foot and ankle pain will go away with time and can be managed with rest and over-the-counter painkillers. Changing footwear to shoes with a more relaxed fit, or using corrective insoles, may alleviate some pain and discomfort. However, if pain is ongoing you should see your GP who may refer you for treatment or surgery.
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