Foot Pain Specialist

Woodlake Podiatry, LLC

Sheryl Hanawalt, DPM

Podiatrist located in Chesterfield, MO

You may forget just how much you rely on your feet until you’re struck with foot pain and everyday life becomes much more challenging. At Woodlake Podiatry, LLC, in Chesterfield, Missouri, board-qualified podiatrist Sheryl Hanawalt, DPM, treats chronic and acute foot pain so it doesn’t have to be a nagging problem. To get a diagnosis and treatment for your foot pain, schedule an appointment online or by phone.

Foot Pain Q & A

What causes foot pain?

Your feet bear your weight and take you where you need to go. They’re remarkably complex structures, full of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels, all working together. It’s possible to injure just about any of these components, or experience problems in your feet as the result of another condition, resulting in foot pain.

Foot pain often comes from overuse, or the repetitive wear-and-tear you place on your feet. Overuse injuries are common among runners and people who work on their feet, and tend to be worse if you perform these activities without supportive footwear.

The structure of your feet may make you more susceptible to foot pain. If you have flat feet or high arches, for example, you’re more likely to place excess pressure on your feet.

What conditions can cause foot pain?

Foot pain results from numerous conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis, or inflammatory joint disease, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout
  • Bunions, bony bumps at the base of your big toe that cause pain and swelling and can change the structure of your feet
  • Hammertoe, a deformity in which your toe bends downward at the middle joint instead of pointing forward
  • Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of the nerve tissue leading to your toes that can cause sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot
  • Stress fracture, a small crack in a bone resulting from overuse or repetitive activity
  • Peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage affecting people with diabetes that causes foot pain

Your foot pain may be a symptom of a more serious condition. However, many foot conditions are treatable by correcting the structure of your feet or adjusting habits that put pressure on your feet.

How is foot pain treated?

Dr. Hanawalt treats foot pain after thoroughly evaluating your symptoms, determining the cause, and developing a specific treatment plan.

If you have a deformity such as a bunion or hammertoe, you may benefit from changing your footwear or using orthotics, customized supportive shoe inserts. This can relieve your pain by reducing the pressure on your affected nerves and targeting structural problems with your foot.

To help you manage foot pain in the short term, Dr. Hanawalt can provide in-office injections of steroid medication. In the long term, it’s important to change any habits that may contribute to your foot pain, including your exercise routine.

If these conservative treatment approaches don’t improve your foot pain, Dr. Hanawalt may recommend a minimally invasive outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. These procedures can correct structural issues with your feet that contribute to foot pain.

Don’t let foot pain become part of your everyday life. To get evaluated and treated, call the office of Woodlake Podiatry or book online.