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Foot Pain and Deformity FAQ

My foot is red and swollen, but it hasn’t been injured. What could this be?

A red, hot, swollen foot is a sign of inflammation. If your foot hasn’t been injured, this could be a sign of infection or arthritis.

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Why does my heel pain come back?

Simply said, most patients have recurring heel pain due to the fact that they stop doing the things that made them feel better. They stop stretching, stop wearing supportive shoes, and sometimes even stop wearing shoes at all. They may stop wearing their orthotics, or their orthotics may be worn out. If your heel pain returns, think about the things that made you feel better, and return for reevaluation and treatment as needed.

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Why are my heels hot and burning?

Heel pain is one of the most common conditions that we see in our office. You may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. A bone spur, broken bone or torn ligament can cause these same symptoms. Heel pain can be caused by a recent gain in weight, tightness in calf muscles, a sudden change in your exercise routine, or improperly fitted shoes.


Some people think that if you ignore the heel pain it may go away. Typically, this is not the case. Most often, these problems will persist –and even worsen– the longer evaluation and treatment is delayed.

 A few things you should remember if you suffer from heel pain:

1. How old are your shoes?

2. Do your feet feel tired at the end of the day?

3. Is the pain worse in the morning when you get out of bed?

4. Do you stretch before and after you exercise?

5. Do you have to stand for an extended amount of time at work?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should have the doctor evaluate your feet. Most often, conservative treatment can rid you of pain and get your feet feeling better.

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I have orthotics. How often do I need to have them repaired or replaced?

Orthotics can lose their support depending on your activity level and your weight. When you reach the point when you notice your feet are tired or pain is returning, it is time to have your orthotics evaluated to be refurbished or possibly replaced.

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What is causing the pain in the ball of my feet?

The term for pain in the ball of the foot  is “metatarsalgia” and it can have many different causes, including soft-tissue and bone injuries. Pain in the ball of the foot may also be caused by nerve injuries, inflamed or arthritic joints, and stress fractures. The only way to determine the underlying cause of the pain is to be evaluated. 

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