A decrease in symptoms may occur instantaneously, with a complete recovery in a few months. However, the patient may need to use insoles to prevent a further reoccurrence. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Removal of part of the nerve may be preformed. Arch Pain Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the ligament that connects the heel to the toes; it runs along the bottom of the foot, forming the arch of the foot. When inflamed, the plantar fascia contracts, causing excruciating pain, usually in the morning when it has not yet been stretched out. Treatment for Haglund's Deformity (Pump Bump). Applying ice followed by moist heat will help ease discomfort from a pump bump. NSAIDs will also reduce pain. Physicians may recommend an orthotic device to control heel motion. In severe cases, when these treatments do not relieve pain, surgery may be necessary to remove or reduce the bony growth. Corticosteroid injections are not recommended because they can weaken the Achilles tendon. A hammertoe is most common in the second toe. However, it may develop in any or all of your three middle toes if they are pushed forward in a shoe and do not have enough room to lie flat. Inability to Wear Certain Shoes? In this subset of patients, it's the sheer size of the bunion preventing fashionable shoes that motivates treatment - not pain. These patients have learned to live with discomfort but chose fashion over foot health. Clearly, inability to wear shoes is a valid reason for intervention. It is important to understand that not all bunions become worse (or bigger). Some bunions never change in size. Others may progress onto a major foot deformity. Genetics play a big role and you may be 'destined' to develop a 'bad' bunion. Below are non-surgical measures to mitigate pain as well as limit the progression. Improper jogging mechanics, poor running shoes, or a flat foot or high arch may increase the risk of injury and foot pain during jogging. Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, stress fractures or heel spurs may also cause foot. Your foot is comprised of 26 bones, 33 joints and 112 ligaments, as well as a large network of tendons, blood vessels and nerves. As a result of this complex structure, your foot is prone to pain and injury. Your foot does not feel better after using at-home treatments for 1-2 weeks What to Expect at Your Office Visit The OMO Patch is simply stuck over the affected area at night prior to going to sleep. It is here where it then goes to work reducing inflammation & stimulating blood flow in the ball of the foot continually throughout the night. When you wake-up in the morning simply removed & discarded the used patch. This is then repeated as required. There are many causes of foot pain, but when most people talk about foot pain they are describing symptoms that cause pain under the ball of the foot. When foot pain occurs under the ball of the foot, the medical term is metatarsalgia. Orthotics like the Metatarsal Gel Pad help to reduce the pressure on the-ball-of-the-foot and also control excessive movement of the foot and ankle joints, reduce pronation and provide cushioning to protect the feet. The orthotic is constructed with the pad placed behind the ball-of-the-foot to relieve pressure and redistribute weight from the painful area to more tolerant areas. Normally use elastic tape to position the pad loosely. Additional Treatment Footwear designed with a high, wide toe box (toe area) allows the foot to spread out. Stabilizer Insoles with arch support reduces pressure on the ball-of-the-foot. Both are ideal for treating the pain. Exercises Moisturizers dedicated to the feet are often best, as the skin of the bottom of the foot is thicker and actually has an additional layer of skin compared to skin elsewhere. Urea based creams are most commonly known for moisturizing. Also I often recommend moisturizers that are made with Jojoba oil, a liquid wax from a seed extract. Jojoba oil has anti-fungal properties (a benefit for feet) and has been studied for anti-inflammatory properties as well. Of course, moisturizing creams should be applied after a foot bath for maximal penetration. Claw toes or hammertoes can press the metatarsals toward the ground and cause stress on the ball of the foot. Rarely is surgery needed, but if all conservative treatments are unsuccessful and you are still in severe pain, then it might be necessary. Surgery is highly effective and is performed on an outpatient basis with twilight sleep. I always call the patient to make sure that they are doing well, and ask for a follow up visit a few days later. To learn more about neuromas or to schedule an appointment for any of the problems listed above, go to kcfootcare.com or call our main phone number at 816-461-7755. We have offices conveniently located in Overland Park, Independence, Kansas City North and Midtown.