Pain in your feet and lower legs can keep you from enjoying daily activities that you might take for granted like walking or even sleeping comfortably. There are numerous possible causes for this type of pain, but in most cases, your doctor can assist you with reducing the pain.
Depending on your specific needs, there are different methods of pain management, including:
Splints, Wraps, and Supports.
If you are suffering from pain or discomfort in your feet or lower legs, visit your podiatrist to determine the cause, and how to manage the pain.
Tendon and ligament injuries
Sore muscles, muscles strains and tears
Degenerative joint conditions
Neurological and general pain and bruising
Pre and post-surgical treatments
Specific neurological conditions
Rapid relief of pain
Strong anti-inflammatory effect
Timely healing of sprains and strains
Rapid recovery of the structural integrity of injured region
Rapid resolution of swollen areas
Immediate improvement if local blood circulation
Rapid repair of superficial injuries, such as wounds and ulcers
When a foot or lower-leg problem causes significant discomfort or pain, prescription pain medication and other therapies may be an excellent pain management solution. Depending on the cause of the discomfort, the patient’s overall health, and additional factors, a doctor may choose from a number of prescription medications to minimize a patient’s discomfort.
If you are experiencing pain caused by a foot or lower-leg injury, foot condition, or another problem, contact your doctor right away to get additional information on your pain management options.
A doctor may prescribe pain medications or therapeutic solutions when a patient’s foot or lower-leg makes walking difficult or otherwise inhibits normal functioning. Pain-management medication and therapy options for foot and lower-leg pain include:
Physical therapy and/or prescription foot supports: Physical therapy and/or orthotics can be used to improve joint and muscle functioning.
Prescription anti-inflammatory medications: Both non-steroidal and steroidal (i.e. cortisone injections) drugs can be used to reduce pain and swelling.
These may be used to minimize pain affecting the ankle, heel, top-of-foot, ball-of-foot, Achilles tendon, arch (plantar fasciitis), or other areas of the lower legs and feet. This includes pain caused by arthritis, diabetes, and other conditions.
When a doctor prescribes pain medication or physical therapy to treat foot or lower-leg pain, the dosage and therapy prescribed depends on several factors, including:
Patient’s medical and health history.
Severity of pain.
Type of injury.
Most over-the-counter pain medications are self-administered, while cortisone injections are administered at the doctor’s office. Therapeutic solutions, including physical therapy, are usually performed at a doctor’s office.
If you are suffering from foot or lower-leg pain, contact your doctor today to learn more about your pain management options. A skilled professional is equipped to minimize or eliminate your discomfort.
If you are suffering from foot or lower-leg pain caused by an injury or another problem, a splint, wrap, or other supportive device can be an excellent way to decrease or eliminate your discomfort. These devices support the foot and ankle thereby preventing further injury, minimizing swelling and pain, and facilitating healing.
If you are experiencing foot or lower-leg pain, contact your doctor today. Your physician can assess your condition and determine if supports will provide the relief you need.
Foot and lower-leg supports can be used to solve a number of problems, including:
Foot drop (caused by nerve damage).
Pain caused by damage to the muscles and/or tendons.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Support options include:
Prescription orthotics: Orthotics are custom devices crafted to precisely fit a patient’s foot or leg, minimizing stress on the joints, bones, and muscles. Some orthotics also rework the anatomical makeup of the foot or leg over time, thereby improving its function.
Splints, including night splints: Splints reduce or prevent contraction of the foot and leg muscles, thereby reducing pain caused by over-contraction.
Wraps: Wraps, including supportive bandages and hot and cold packs, support the feet and ankles while minimizing discomfort.
The process involved in utilizing a support depends on the type of device. Many prescription orthotics require approximately two visits to the doctor’s office: one visit to fit the patient for the device, and a second to apply the device.
However, most splints and wraps may be self-applied, in line with the doctor’s instructions. When worn as instructed, supports are often able to minimize patients’ discomfort and restore functioning to the foot.
If you are suffering from foot or lower-leg pain and would like more information about pain management options, contact your doctor today to learn more about splints, wraps, and other supports. Your doctor can assess your condition and provide you with the treatment you need.