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Foot Pain

The Foot Institute

Angelo Morreale, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot Surgeon located in Shreveport, LA & Natchitoches, LA

Foot pain and frustration go hand-in-hand. Experienced, board-certified podiatrist Angelo Morreale, DPM, understands that you want to be relieved of foot pain and get back to normal fast, so he offers all-encompassing solutions at The Foot Institute in Shreveport and Natchitoches, Louisiana. Learn more about the nonsurgical and surgical solutions available for foot pain by scheduling your consultation online or by phone.

Foot Pain Q & A

Do I always need treatment for foot pain?

Foot pain isn’t always serious — but it's still best to take it seriously. In many cases, foot pain may begin as an occasional issue that doesn't seem too bad. 

But, most foot problems worsen if you don't treat the underlying issue. Ignoring a minor case of foot pain now could potentially lead to serious injury or disability later.

Dr. Morreale can skillfully assess your foot pain and let you know whether it's treatable with a few days of rest or something more serious that requires special care. He recommends exactly what you need to get out of pain and achieve normal foot function. 

What causes foot pain?

There are numerous causes of foot pain, affecting every area from heel to toe, including your arches and the balls of your feet. Among the most common types of foot pain are:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Plantar warts
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions and bunionettes
  • Hammertoes
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Gout
  • Fractures
  • High arches
  • Flat feet

Metatarsalgia is another type of foot pain. It's common in athletes, for example, distance runners. Metatarsalgia features pain in the balls of your feet. It often affects those with a high foot arch and may occur alongside hammertoe, bunions, and bunionettes. 

Foot pain isn’t normal, so it’s important to pay attention when it happens. Dr. Morreale can alleviate your foot pain and get you back to good foot health. 

What is the best treatment for foot pain?

The treatments for foot pain are varied because there are so many causes. Dr. Morreale expertly evaluates your symptoms and foot function to find the root of your foot pain. He may use on-site digital X-rays to find pain sources or rule out other problems. 

Nonsurgical solutions for foot pain may include:

  • Oral anti-inflammatory medication
  • Topical medications
  • Custom orthotics
  • Taping, splinting, or bracing
  • Strength and flexibility exercises
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy

If your pain develops because of severe ligament, tendon, cartilage, or joint damage, you may need surgical repair. 

As a board-certified foot surgeon, Dr. Morreale is highly adept in all types of corrective foot surgery, including connective tissue repairs, skin grafts, and bone restoration.

The Foot Institute offers personalized and compassionate foot care in welcoming surroundings. Call the office or book your visit online today.