Our feet are some of the most complex, hard-working regions of the body. Made up of 26 bones and 33 joints, all held together by a network of soft tissue including muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, and blood vessels. Some pain in these areas is normal from everyday life. However, when foot and ankle pain is long-lasting or gets worse with time, this can point to a more serious issue.

There can be several explanations for long-term pain in and around the feet or ankles usually pointing to chronic inflammation from disease or injury. The most common issues being: 

  • Plantar Fasciitis (Causes: overly tight tendons, trauma to the foot, irregular arch, obesity, age, poor-fitting shoes, and standing occupations resulting in pain the heal and along the inside of the foot)
  • Osteoporosis (Causes: brittle and weakened bone due to ageing & vitamin deficiencies)
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Poor circulation
  • Nerve damage

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sharp or stabbing pain usually worse in the morning
  • Pain from prolonged standing or activity
  • Tenderness, redness and swelling of the foot
  • Increased breaking of bones (with especially low-risk tasks)
  • Tingling, burning or loss of feeling
  • Change in temperature or color

These common symptoms can point to a varying host of issues and it's best to be proactive in the treatment and care of these symptoms. Symptoms left untreated often require more invasive treatment plans.

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Specialists

​​What's Next? Treatment Options...

To find out more about treatment options and specialized care, please call Columbia Orthpaedic Group at (573) 443-2402 and schedule an appointment or request one below:

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Columbia Orthopaedic Group
1 South Keene Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201

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