As the foundation for your lower body’s movement, the foot and its numerous bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles can be a source of significant pain for patients. Sometimes caused by inappropriate shoes or poor alignment, pain in the foot is most commonly associated with trauma, such as a fracture; disease, such as osteoarthritis; deformities, such as bunions; or stress injuries.
When to See a Foot Doctor Near You
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to visit with a foot specialist.
- Numbness in the foot
- Pain in the heel, ball, or arch of the foot
- Inability to perform daily activities without foot pain
- Change in sensation or color of skin or toenail
- Swelling or tenderness
- The afflicted area looks deformed or you have lost function
Common foot conditions patients suffer from include:
- Toe pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel pain
- Flat feet
- Stiff big toe joint
An office visit with a foot doctor is the best way to differentiate between a severe foot condition and a minor foot injury. At Flagstaff Bone & Joint, we understand that foot pain can have a significant impact on your daily life, and we will work with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Our foot expert knows that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition.
Contact us to consult with our foot doctor at Flagstaff Bone & Joint at one of our locations in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, and Kingman – Hualapai Mountain. Please request an appointment online or call (928) 773-2280.
Why choose Flagstaff Bone & Joint?
Our foot doctor at Flagstaff Bone & Joint is a recognized learder in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Our foot and ankle doctor, Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, has the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your foot injury or condition individually to your needs.
To consult with our foot and ankle doctor, please request an appointment online or call (928) 773-2280.
Tips for Healthy Joints
As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.
Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.
Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.
The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.
Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.
Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.