Any new construction project requires a firm foundation, and your body is no different. Your feet and ankles are your foundation, and when they are in pain or aren’t working the way they should, your entire body feels the strain.
Whether your ailment is relatively simple or very complex, the highly trained team at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists can help. We are proud to provide state-of-the-art technology and the best and most up-to-date treatment options to get you pain free and back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Our Top Specialties for Foot Pain
We’re especially proud of our top specialties, which include:
- Peripheral nerve pain. The nervous system is incredibly intricate and complex, and can be damaged through disease, dietary problems, injury, compression, and even surgical errors. Our team is specially trained in diagnosing and fixing a wide variety of nerve problems. Even if you’ve been misdiagnosed in the past, or endured a botched surgery that inadvertently struck a nerve and left you with chronic pain, we can help.
- Sports injuries and trauma. Sports injuries include both traumatic events (like sprains and fractures) and pain from chronic overuse (such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and stress fractures). They don’t strictly have to be caused by sports, either—for example, sometimes a bad fall or auto accident could be at fault. Our comprehensive approach incorporates both conservative and surgical treatment options, as well as strategies for protection and prevention.
Other Foot Pain Conditions We Treat
Although this list is not exhaustive, other painful foot conditions we see and treat often include:
- Biomechanical flaws. Every foot is different, but unfortunately not every foot is equally good at handling weight and pressure. In the short term this may produce pain and discomfort; if left untreated biomechanical flaws can increase injury risk and hasten the development of foot deformities (see below). If your foot has an inherited structural defect or inefficient gait that makes it difficult to walk and run for long periods without pain, we can fix it, often through the use of custom orthotic devices.
- Foot deformities. Sometimes disease or years of wear and tear alters the alignment of bones in the foot, resulting in painful progressive deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, or collapsed arches. We offer both conservative symptom management as well as advanced surgical reconstruction techniques.
- Diseases, infections, and disorders. A number of pain-producing medical conditions and disorders can affect the feet, including rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral artery disease, and even cancer.
- General heel, arch, and forefoot pain. Pain in the heels, arch, or balls of the feet is often the result of biomechanics, overuse sports injuries or peripheral nerve damage, all of which you can read more about above. However, there are many other possible causes, too. We’ll always examine your symptoms thoroughly to develop the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
Foot pain is very common, and can even be debilitating. But it is not normal, and if painful feet are keeping you from living the life you want to live, you don’t have to put up with it. Contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists for comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment from our team of experienced podiatrists. Call (512) 328-8900 today to schedule an appointment, or fill out a contact form online and a member of our staff will reach out to you.