Chronic Foot Pain

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX & McKinney, TX

Nearly 80% of Americans experience foot pain at some time — and for many, the pain persists and becomes potentially disabling chronic foot pain. At Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas, the expert podiatrists use the most state-of-the-art chronic foot pain solutions to alleviate your pain. Call the office nearest you or use the online appointment maker.

Chronic Foot Pain Q & A

What is chronic foot pain?

Chronic foot pain is any pain that lasts longer than expected. Acute pain happens suddenly and causes severe symptoms, while chronic pain develops more gradually and then persists. 

In some cases, acute pain can grow into chronic pain. For example, if you have a mild ankle sprain that’s expected to heal in a week or two, but you’re still experiencing serious pain months later, it’s called chronic pain. 

What causes chronic foot pain?

There are dozens of causes of chronic foot pain. Lingering pain can occur in your arch, heels, the top of your foot, or anywhere else around the foot. Some causes include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Bone fractures
  • Joint degeneration
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Plantar fibromatosis
  • Nerve compression
  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Haglund’s deformity
  • Achilles tendon spur
  • Xanthomas
  • Calluses 
  • Neuromas
  • Bunions
  • Gout
  • Extensor tendinitis
  • Tarsal coalition

Because there are so many causes of chronic foot pain, your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano performs a thorough exam and asks for a detailed description of your pain to make a diagnosis. You may need digital X-rays or soft tissue imaging tests, too.

How does a podiatrist treat chronic foot pain?

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano offers comprehensive foot pain treatments at all of their facilities. Your provider develops a treatment plan that’s unique to your condition or injury, but some common nonsurgical protocols are:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Custom orthotics
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Taping, bandaging, or splinting
  • Corticosteroid injection
  • Neurolysis (chemical nerve destruction) 

Chronic foot pain often improves after a course of nonsurgical treatments, but the underlying problem may be so severe that only surgery can give you permanent pain relief. In that situation, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to repair ligament, tendon, bone, or joint damage. 

The experts at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, and they offer the most up-to-date surgical protocols, such as Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.

If you have chronic foot pain and feel frustrated, don’t give up. The Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano team won’t rest until you’re out of pain and back to your regular routine. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment through the online scheduler.