Foot Pain in the City That Never Sleeps
Here in NYC, walking is a way of life, and unfortunately for many pedestrians so is foot pain! Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, we specialize in treating New York feet that might have put on more miles than the average person. We know you walk to work, run to chase the next subway, and stroll to the market. All that hustle and bustle around the city can take a toll on your feet!
Foot pain is your body’s way of telling you, “Hey! There’s something wrong down here!” If you are experiencing pain, absolutely do not ignore it. Ignoring foot pain can lead to even worse complications in the future. Your feet are quite complicated and no two people have the same pair. Therefore, it can be tough to self-diagnose any pain you might be experiencing.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself about your foot pain.
A few simple foot pain questions:
- Where is the pain located? Is it localized or all over?
- What is the level of pain on a scale from 1 to 10?
- Does the pain come and go or stay all day?
- Does the pain affect your day-to-day activities?
- Is there a certain daily activity that exacerbates the pain?
The answers to these questions might help to point to the root of your pain, but it’s important to see a podiatrist to get a solid diagnosis and start treatment. The pain could be an acute injury or it could be an indication of a deeper issue. Here are just a few painful foot and ankle issues that could be a result of NYC walking.
Some issues associated with foot pain:
- Plantar Fasciitis– This heel pain often strikes first thing in the morning when your heel first touches the ground out of bed. Symptoms include burning, numbness, and increased painfulness by the end of the day.
- Ankle Sprains– This common injury usually involves swelling and pain localized to the ankle area. It’s important to get it seen by a podiatrist, as 80% of untreated ankle sprains result in chronic or prolonged symptoms.
- Achilles Tendinitis– This overuse injury comes with pain along the back of the leg near the heel. Rest and a slight change in lifestyle can help heal this one up (take the cab or a bus instead of walking for a time).
If you’re a city walker and your dogs are barking, it’s time to come see us. Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas utilizes cutting-edge technology to diagnose any foot pain issue and get you on the road to treatment. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.