Feet Are Our Foundation
Like a building’s foundation keeps that
building steady and standing, our feet are our foundation. So when experiencing
foot and ankle pain, don’t put off seeking medical attention. Consulting a
multidisciplinary pain clinic with the necessary working knowledge of the
reasons behind foot and ankle pain and the treatment options is your first step
Do You Feel Pain?
The human foot contains 26 bones, along
with a plethora of tendons, nerves, muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Anatomically, we are looking at hundreds of components, which is why,
statistically, 75 percent of Canadians will at some point experience foot and
When visiting a foot and ankle pain clinic,
the doctor will ask if you can specify where the pain is felt - such as the
outside periphery of the foot, on the top of the foot, at the Achilles tendon,
etc. The location and the type of pain can often provide clues to the cause.
Do You Feel Pain?
Foot and ankle pain can arise for a number
of reasons, including:
- sports, work or
car accident injury
diseases such fibromyalgia or arthritis
such as gout, plantar fasciitis, or repetitive motions that lead to tendinitis
- the actual foot
mechanics of the patient, such as flat feet or over-pronation of the ankles
Left untreated, foot and ankle pain can
spread to the knees, hips and back. Foot and ankle pain can also become a
chronic condition with increasing severity, such as the condition known as
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). The pain may be such that the patient
becomes less ambulatory. Even a painful big toe can alter a patient’s centre of
balance, resulting in falls.
Foot and ankle pain can also tell a lot
about a patient’s health. For example, swelling and edema can indicate problems
with the heart, liver or kidneys. Pain can also indicate whether blood sugar is
under control in the case of diabetic neuropathy.
Do You Treat Pain?
If medication is required, the foot and
ankle pain clinic will work with your family physician on prescribing an
appropriate analgesic. The clinic will also look at non-pharmaceutical methods
of relieving foot and ankle pain through therapies such as:
Not just a diagnostic tool, the sound waves created by an ultrasound machine
can help bring healing and pain relief to certain foot and ankle conditions,
such as heel spurs.
Like Botox, mesotherapy was at first used primarily as a non-surgical injected
cosmetic procedure. Injection of an anaesthetic such as lidocaine and/or a
proven non-steroidal anti-inflammatory botanical such as Traumeel help bring
relief to conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis.
Biopuncture uses small, diluted doses of Traumeel and vitamins given repeatedly
over a period of time. Very fine needles are injected shallowly along the
body’s meridian points, similar to acupuncture. This works to help build
immunity and reduce inflammation.
Jump in Feet First
An informed patient
is a proactive patient. Inquire with your family physician about getting a
referral to a foot and ankle pain clinic that specializes in all aspects of
pain diagnoses, treatment, and care.