What Causes Inside of Foot Pain?
When you’re experiencing inside of foot pain, you want relief. But before we can help your feet feel better, we have to determine the true source of your foot pain. So we can target your treatment and keep you walking comfortably.
Fortunately, getting to the bottom of your foot pain is what we do best. Just ask our Spring, TX podiatrist patient Tracy T. She recently shared: “Knowledgeable and timely! Dr. Walsh helped me to find a solution and some relief after 2 years of pain.”
The first step to diagnosing pain on inside of the foot is to remember: that might not be the true source of your pain. In order to figure out where your foot pain comes from, we’ll first review the different parts of your foot that could be to blame.
If you feel pain on the inside of the foot, it’s often coming from your arch. This could develop if you have flat feet. Or if your arches are unnaturally high. And it’s important to address that pain on the inside of the foot right away. Because, left alone, it could progress, triggering leg pain or other discomfort.
Another area that’s connected to your inside of foot pain is your heel. Often, pain that shows up on the inside of your foot also hurts the bottom of your foot. And it actually comes from the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel to your forefoot.
While we can treat both sources of pain inside of your foot, we will need to determine the exact source. That way, of minimally invasive treatments don’t work, we’ll know where to focus our next step treatment plans.
During our exam, we can use a quick and easy test to find the source of your foot pain. We’ll start by examining your arch, on the inside of the foot. If a gentle touch there triggers pain, we’ve found the source of our problem.
But we’ll still need to examine the structures that feed into your foot, checking your leg and knee and the bottom of your foot. If your muscles are tender, we can come up with an anti-inflammatory treatment plan to get you pain relief. But if your bones or tendons are the problem, our protocol will be more involved.
Treating Pain on Inside of the Foot
When your heels and arches are hurting the inside of your foot, the first thing we’ll address is your shoes. Our podiatrists will get you into supportive footwear, and we may recommend a custom orthotic to take pressure off your plantar fascia and arches.
Now, on the subject of pressure—once we find you supportive shoes, we want to keep you in them. We’ll discuss lifestyle changes around your house. With our most important rule being—don’t go barefoot.
While you can get away with supportive slippers on carpeted surfaces in your house, you’ll need real shoes when you’re walking on hard surfaces. Especially on stone or wood floors. Keeping your foot in a protective shoe while you’re recovering from foot pain gives those strained muscles and tendons the rest they need to heal.
Every day you’re at home, we’ll also ask you to engage in a pain-fighting treatment plan. You’ll start by icing the bottom and inside of your foot for 15 minutes at a time. Do this at least once a day, but two or three icing sessions would be even better. And if you can only get in one icing session, time it for the end of your day, to undo some of the pressure of standing and walking.
Next, you can also try self-massage on the inside of your foot. If inflamed muscles are the source of your pain, this could offer you myofascial relief, which can help relax the tough membranes that surround and support your muscles. This may offer pain relief.
Of course, if your pain persists, we’ll have to take a different approach. Many people with chronic pain on the inside of the foot benefit from laser therapy, to help relieve inflammation and promote healing. We also recommend physical therapy for many of our foot pain patients, to help build up strength and prevent recurring injuries. In some cases, you may need surgery to find relief from your inside of foot pain, in which case we’ll walk you through what to expect and stick with you through your entire recovery.
Ready to find relief from pain on the inside of your foot? Come into the office right away! During your pain consultation, we’ll pinpoint the source of your discomfort. And come up with a targeted treatment plant to get you back to walking comfortably!
Sources: Mayo Clinic