Today, I went to a local athletic club in Huntington, NY to register for tennis lessons. As soon as I walked in, I was approached by a thirty-something Long Island man, who limped over to me with his feet all bandaged up. He saw me looking down with a bewildered look on my face, and immediately explained he had just returned for a weekend long tournament in upstate New York. I quickly interjected that I am a Podiatric Surgeon here in Huntington, NY and that there was no reason for him to suffer like this.
I bring this story up because for some reason, people seem to just accept foot pain and discomfort. They assume that high levels of activity should produce blisters, or that heel pain is normal after a long day. Its not! There is no reason that anyone of any age should have to suffer in pain after a tennis match or round of golf. Your feet are designed to function efficiently with high levels of activity and if they are not, then something is not right.
Your foot is actually a very complex, biomechanical structure composed of twenty-six small and quite unique bones. They provide a very dynamic and effective pedestal upon which you can perform all levels of activity. When there is even a minor deviation in the alignment or location of these bones, it will cause dysfunction, and then pain. In most cases, we are able to treat these minor misalignments with custom fabricated orthotic devices that can restore structure and function.
The key to these treatments is proper biomechanical and clinical examination, in conjunction with an adequate patient history. Also, you should communicate with your doctor effectively to explain your activity level and expectations, as these can play a vital role in the specifications of your device.
Nobody should have to suffer with foot and ankle pain, and if you are, please call me, Dr. Vieira in our Huntington Office 631-427-3678 or ourRoslyn Office 516-484-1420 and make an appointment right away, because foot pain is not okay!