Foot Pain? We Treat Feet!

Published February 24th, 2023 by Dr. Sam Camarata

Foot Pain? We treat feet!

Plantar Fasciitis! Morton’s Neuroma! Peripheral Neuropathy! Arthritis! Heel Spur Pain! Achilles tendon! Ankle Pain! Sports injuries! Tight calves! Sprains, Strains & More!

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The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body. Each foot is made up of 26 bones connected by many joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and fascia. 

“Injury, overuse or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).” -Mayo Clinic

Biomechanics, movement screenings, gait analysis, posture analysis, alignment of spine, hips and pelvis are a few methods we utilize to evaluate structure and function. This will help us understand and identify causes of your foot pain and best ways to help you inside the office and outside the office for at home recommendations!

What are common causes of foot pain? 

Plantar Fasciitis.

“Plantar fasciitis is characterized by severe pain in the heel of the foot, especially when standing up after resting. The condition is due to an overuse injury of the sole surface (plantar) of the foot and results in inflammation of the fascia, a tough, fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the plantar fascia. This thick band of connective tissue travels across the bottom of the foot between the toes and the heel. It supports the foot's natural arch. It stretches and becomes taut whenever the foot bears weight.”

How common is plantar fasciitis?

“Plantar fasciitis is extremely common. More than 2 million people in the U.S. are treated for it each year. Around 1 in 10 people will develop plantar fasciitis at some point throughout their life.” 

An illustration of plantar fasciitis in a person with flat feet

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

“The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Heel pain.
  • Pain in the arch of your foot.
  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling around your heel.
  • A tight Achilles tendon.”


What causes plantar fasciitis?

“Anything that irritates or damages your plantar fascia can cause plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Being on your feet all day for work.
  • Playing sports.
  • Exercising or working on a hard surface (like a warehouse floor or the sidewalk).
  • Exercising without stretching or warming up.
  • Wearing shoes that don’t support your feet well enough (like flip flops or flat, flexible sneakers).
  • Walking or standing barefoot while you’re at home.

Some health conditions can cause plantar fasciitis, including:



Heel spur pain.

“A heel spur is a bone growth on the heel bone. It is usually located on the underside of the heel bone where it attaches to the plantar fascia, a long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. This connective tissue holds the arch together and acts as a shock absorber during activity. If the plantar fascia is overstretched from running, wearing poor-fitting shoes, or being overweight, pain can result from the stress and inflammation of the tissue pulling on the bone. Over time, the body builds extra bone in response to this stress resulting in heel spurs.”

X-ray of heel spur 


Morton’s neuroma.

“Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.

Morton's neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. You may have stinging, burning or numbness in the affected toes.”

Morton's neuroma


Achilles tendon problems.

“The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body. It connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. However, this tendon is also the most common site of rupture or tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon due to overuse. Achilles tendonitis is caused by overuse of the tendon and calf muscles. Symptoms may include mild pain after exercise that worsens gradually, stiffness that disappears after the tendon warms up, and swelling.”

Achilles tendinitis


Ankle sprains.

“An ankle sprain is an injury to the foot's ligaments in the ankle. Ligaments are tough bands of elastic tissue that connect bones to each other. Ankle sprains may occur if the ankle rolls, turns, or twists beyond its normal range of motion. Ankle sprains may be caused by awkward foot placement, irregular surfaces, weak muscles, loose ligaments, or wearing shoes with spiked heels. The symptoms of a sprain will depend on how severely the ligaments are stretched or torn, but usually include swelling, pain, or bruising.”

Sprained ankle


Diabetes and vascular disease – Neuropathy.

“Diabetes affects the nerves and blood vessels and blood flow throughout the whole body, including the legs and feet.”

“Diabetes is the leading cause of polyneuropathy in the U.S. About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve problems that can cause numb, tingling, or burning feet, one-sided bands or pain, and numbness and weakness on the trunk or pelvis.” 


What is Peripheral Neuropathy? 

“Peripheral neuropathy refers to the many conditions that involve damage to the peripheral nervous system, which is a vast communications network that sends signals between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and all other parts of the body.

Peripheral nerves send many types of sensory information to the central nervous system (CNS), such as the message that your feet are cold. They also carry signals from the CNS to the rest of the body. Best known are the signals to the muscles that tell them to contract, which is how we move, but there are different types of signals that help control everything from our heart and blood vessels, digestion, urination and sexual function to our bones and immune system.

More than 20 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have some form of peripheral neuropathy, but this figure may be significantly higher as not all people with symptoms of neuropathy are tested for the disease and tests currently do not look for all forms of neuropathy.

Nerve signal interruption

The peripheral nerves are like cables that connect different parts of a computer or connect to the Internet. When they malfunction, complex functions can grind to a halt.

Nerve signaling in neuropathy is disrupted in three ways:

  1. Loss of signals normally sent
  2. Inappropriate signaling when there shouldn't be any 
  3. Errors that distort the messages being sent

Some forms of neuropathy involve damage to only one nerve (mononeuropathy). Neuropathy affecting two or more nerves in different areas is called multiple mononeuropathy or mononeuropathy multiplex. More often, many or most of the nerves are affected (polyneuropathy).

Classifying the nerves and peripheral neuropathies

More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified, each with its own symptoms and prognosis. Symptoms vary depending on the type of nerves—motor, sensory, or autonomic—that are damaged.

  • Motor nerves control the movement of all muscles under conscious control, such as those used for walking, grasping things, or talking
  • Sensory nerves transmit information such as the feeling of a light touch, temperature, or pain from a cut
  • Autonomic nerves control organs to regulate activities that people do not control consciously, such as breathing, digesting food, and heart and gland functions

Most neuropathies affect all three types of nerve fibers to varying degrees; others primarily affect one or two types. Doctors use terms such as predominantly motor neuropathy, predominantly sensory neuropathy, sensory-motor neuropathy, or autonomic neuropathy to describe different conditions.

About 75 percent of polyneuropathies are “length-dependent,” meaning the farthest nerve endings in the feet are where the symptoms develop first or are worse.”


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