Most people don’t realize just how serious foot or ankle pain can become. In our experience, if someone has foot and ankle pain in Troy & Warren, MI, it usually takes them over a month to finally see a specialist. The prevailing thought is… the pain will go away on its own. That rarely happens, mainly because we use our feet every day.
If people knew how much of a problem long-standing foot or ankle pain can become, most would address it sooner. Long-term damage is a risk of ignoring foot or ankle pain.
If you or a loved one has been experiencing a foot or ankle problem that just won’t subside, then this report may be the most important information you read about feet and ankles.
Empower Yourself with Knowledge
We are only blessed with two feet, which means keeping them in tip-top shape is critical. Having one go bad for an extended period of time not only affects your daily disposition it can lead to other more serious problems. Hopefully, you haven’t experienced a significant foot or ankle problem that lasted for years. You can’t imagine how frustrating it is. Besides being in pain all the time, the other concerns we’ve seen are weight gain, depression, back pain, and diabetes, just to name a few. Most people take their feet for granted until something significant happens to them.
Our mantra is, the sooner you get a foot or ankle concern addressed by a specialist, the less chance of a serious problem. We’d be rich if we had a quarter for every time a patient of ours stated, “I waited too long to see you.”
We hope if nothing else, this report encourages you to take action on a foot or ankle problem… fast. Healthy feet are critical to your physical and mental health. Again, the risk of waiting is long-term damage.
Now, for the 7 Most Important Things…
#1- Even What Seems Like A Minor Foot Or Ankle Pain Can Be So Much More
That ache or irritation you might be feeling in your foot or ankle could be a much bigger deal than you think. For instance, nerve conditions are common in the feet but they often start out as a minor ache. You could take Advil or Tylenol but it wouldn’t help. Changing shoes, icing, or resting the feet also doesn’t help. Many people just let it go, hoping the ache will fade away.
Guess what? Instead of going away it often gets worse. Now, if it was addressed quickly, it usually can be fixed easier. Once a nerve condition picks up speed, it can be a bear to eliminate. This minor ache could result in foot surgery. Nerve surgery can take months to heal.
Minor aches in the foot or ankle could also be from a ligament strain, tendinitis, cartilage damage, or be one of the first signs of diabetes. In any case, not having it checked out by a specialist early is risking a much bigger situation than is necessary.
Unfortunately, we’ve even seen a few cases of cancer in the foot that started out as a minor pain. Discomfort of a toe, especially on or around a nail with a dark discoloration is something that must be looked at immediately. Melanoma isn’t common but does occur. We’ve caught it early enough that none of our patients have lost a limb or their life.
#2- The Longer Pain Lasts the Greater Chance Surgery Is Needed
Our philosophy when it comes to any foot or ankle condition is that surgery as the last resort. We have so many treatment options available to us for most conditions. We are constantly researching new ways to end foot and ankle pain without doing surgery.
Some conditions do get to the point where surgery is necessary. If so, we do the least invasive procedures that get people back to normal activity as soon as possible.
What is frustrating, for us and our patients, is when surgery could have been avoided simply by addressing the condition much sooner. Whether it’s Plantar Fasciitis, a Bunion, or an Ankle Injury, the longer it’s left untreated the worse it gets.
What could have been a simple solution can turn into a major ordeal. Even though surgical outcomes are good 98% of the time, the pain and recovery time are inconvenient… and in many cases could have been avoided.
#3- Growing Pains in Children Is Mostly a Myth
Did you know that “Growing Pains” are extremely rare? There are some people who believe they don’t exist at all. In our experience, the children who were referred to us with a diagnosis of growing pains were pain-free after applying a simple solution we use every day.
So, what is the cause of this pain in kid’s legs that is coined “growing pains?” The vast majority of the time it’s caused by the feet. It’s rather shocking how fast kids feel great again when we address the foot condition.
Most often, the child will have flat feet. This puts a strain on the leg muscles, which causes pain. Orthotics (custom arch supports) is the answer. Almost 100% of the time, when orthotics are used for leg pain in kids, the pain disappears quickly.
We have had kids who couldn’t play sports or keep up with their friends playing in the neighborhood, return to those activities once they started wearing orthotics. You can’t imagine the joy the parents and grandparents felt, first knowing that the condition wasn’t serious, and second, seeing their child active again.
#4- You Really Don’t Have To Live With Foot Or Ankle Pain
It’s amazing to us how many people come to our offices saying, “I thought I just had to live with this pain.” Have you ever thought that about a foot or ankle pain? We’re puzzled why people run to the dentist for a toothache or mouth concern but don’t run to a podiatrist for foot pain. Your feet are two of the most valuable assets you have.
What we’re getting at is, we do understand that society is educated on what to do about a toothache but not about a foot ache. Just living with it hoping it will go away is often the choice… but not the right one.
There’s rarely a foot or ankle condition we can’t help. That’s why it’s interesting to us that people are often resigned to living with pain. Usually, it takes until someone is pain-free before they admit to expressing their concern that they thought the pain would last forever.
The bottom line is: there is always something that can be done about foot or ankle pain. We hope you don’t ever resign yourself to living with something that can be fixed.
#5- Orthotics (custom arch supports) Are a Magical Remedy for Many Foot and Ankle Conditions
According to research, approximately 85% of foot and ankle conditions improve or are cured by Orthotics. Please understand that we’re referring to custom-made inserts (for your feet only) NOT store-bought arch supports.
What Orthotics can do, that store-bought inserts can’t, is get your feet to function how they were meant to. We call it STABILITY and CONTROL. They eliminate any extra movements the foot makes but isn’t supposed to. Extra movements lead to many foot and ankle conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Bunions, Bone Spurs, and Arthritis; just to name a few.
What’s more, Orthotics often eliminate knee and back pain. Fixing the foundation (your feet) often fixes other parts of the “temple” (your body).
Orthotics can be made to fit any shoe type. The more they’re worn, the less chance there is of having the foot condition recur. We make Orthotics for children and adults. Besides eliminating foot or ankle pain, they also can help prevent many common foot and ankle conditions.
#6- Not All Podiatrists (And Podiatry Offices) Are Created Equal
Training, Experience, Continuing Education, and Board Certification are factors that separate one podiatrist from another. The intangible traits that we feel are important are listening skills, timeliness, compassion, and friendliness.
We aren’t perfect but we challenge any podiatrist or podiatry office to equal or surpass us in these areas. We have hundreds of testimonials on file in our office and several on our website at (your website address).
We have the friendliest and most compassionate team. Our patients marvel at how much different their experience is in our office compared to any other clinic they’ve visited.
Also, staying on the leading edge of technology for diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions is something we feel sets us apart from others. Whether it’s Stem Cells, PRP, or the ever-growing discipline of Minimally Invasive Procedures, we do it all.
#7- Diabetic Foot Pain Is More Serious Than Non-Diabetic Pain
Foot complications of diabetes are extremely common and can be limb- and life-threatening. If you or a loved one has Diabetes, that last sentence should scare you. A minor foot condition to a non-diabetic can become very serious to a diabetic.
Diabetes affects circulation, nerve endings, your skin, and muscles in the feet. Diabetes also weakens the immune system, which makes it more difficult for the body to fight germs. That’s why an open sore on a diabetic foot can lead to a disastrous outcome.
Because of all the potential diabetic foot complications, we have what we call an “Amputation Prevention Program.” Most amputations are preventable. Daily inspection of the feet, blood sugar control and proper shoe gear are all essential elements of prevention. Any redness, swelling, pain, or open sores must be addressed immediately.
Any diabetic concern is seen on the same day in our practice. We don’t underestimate any diabetic foot concerns, nor should you.
There you have it, the 7 most important things to know about foot and ankle pain. As you can see, contrary to what most people think, much can go wrong with the foot and ankle. It can be as mild as a painful ingrown toenail or as major as a life-long ankle condition.
Seeing a podiatrist for foot or ankle pain of a few days, just like you would a toothache, usually leads to the best possible outcome. Keeping these two precious parts of your body in optimal health is critical to your physical and mental well-being.
Learn More about Foot and Ankle Pain in Troy & Warren, MI, Today
We welcome you to reach out to us to answer any questions or if you’d like, schedule an appointment with our Board Certified Podiatrist, Dr. Anthony Weinert, by calling 248.362.3338 (Troy Office) or 586.751.3338 (Warren Office)
As one of the premier podiatry centers in Troy and Warren, MI, our team at Stop Feet Pain Fast Institute also provides 5-star-rated foot, ankle, and heel care to patients from Birmingham, Sterling Heights, Clawson, Madison Heights, Royal Oak, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills & West Bloomfield, MI, and surrounding areas.