Foot problems can be extremely painful and are often multiplied every time you stand up or put weight on your foot. For some people, the pain is so intense that they cannot bear any weight on their foot at all. Although foot pain is common, there are many reasons why it can occur. Part of the reason is because each foot has 26 bones and more than 30 joints in addition to ligaments, tendons, and muscles to hold them together and help them function. If you injure your foot or are suffering from overuse or arthritis, it can impact nearly every aspect of your life. However, an experienced foot doctor, such as an orthopaedist or podiatrist, can help diagnose the source of your pain and work with you to find treatments that will help reduce or eliminate your pain.
When to Visit a Foot Doctor Near You
You should contact a foot doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Foot pain that worsens when standing or walking
- Numbness and tingling in the foot
- Pain in the ball, heel, or arch
- Pain when trying to point or flex your toes
- Pain that radiates from your knee down to the ankle and foot
- Foot swelling and soreness
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a foot doctor. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our foot doctors offer treatments for foot problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgical treatments.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our foot doctors can diagnose and treat include:
- Adult-acquired flatfoot
- Bone spurs
- Cartilage damage due to repetitive stress
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress fractures
If your injury or condition is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Foot & Ankle Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our foot and ankle doctors have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. This additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the foot and ankle. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Timothy A. DuMontier, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, Dr. Richard J. Lamour, and Dr. Ryan E. Will, are fellowship-trained and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your foot injury or condition individually to your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or contact us at (360) 709-6230. At our Foot & Ankle Center, we offer consultations with a foot and ankle doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athlete.
Foot Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits is key to preventing, reducing or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your feet:
- Trim Your Toenails: An often-overlooked tip is to keep your toenails short. If they become too long, they can press against the inside of your shoes, which can worsen your pain.
- Move Your Feet and Ankles: Every day, take the time to gently flex and point your toes. Using a small plastic massage ball by rolling it under the soles of your feet may also help reduce your chance of developing pain.
- Protect Your Feet from Temperature Extremes: If your feet are either too hot or too cold, it can bring about pain or make existing pain worse. If your feet tend to get hot, make sure you have comfortable sandals available. If getting cold is the problem, make sure you wear socks and warm boots when you are outdoors and have warm slippers to put on when you are relaxing at home.