When to see a doctor

When to see a doctor 

Still having pain?

While foot pain is highly treatable – the vast majority of patients will see significant improvement and pain alleviation with no surgery required. 

If you are still having pain after four weeks of using the Kit products and regularly doing the physical therapy exercises it’s time to see a podiatrist. They can offer more advanced treatments to resolve your foot pain that you can only get from a medical professional. A podiatrist specializes in treating the foot and ankle. Podiatrists undergo specialized and extensive training to diagnose and treat issues with the foot and ankle. They are called podiatric physicians or foot and ankle surgeons. Using the Kit as a first step in treatment will have saved you doctor's appointments and will help your doctor expedite giving a specific diagnosis.  

A podiatrist will diagnose foot pain using multiple tests:

  • They will ask you about your medical history
  • Conduct a physical examination of your foot and ankle 
  • A podiatrist may order diagnostic imaging studies for more information

Heel spurs are sometimes found in those who have heel pain from a biomechanical cause 

(the pain caused as a direct result of how your body (bio) moves (mechanics)) or systemic arthritic causes, but heel spurs are rarely a cause of pain. 

When heel spurs are present it is typically an indicator of a probable cause.

Additional Treatment for Foot Pain for Northern California Residents

If you live in Northern California and you are still having foot pain after four weeks, we invite you to make an appointment with us at Northstate Foot and Ankle Specialists. At Northstate Foot and Ankle Specialists, we provide the following services, as needed, to further address the cause of your continued pain:

  1. X-rays and other imaging such as ultrasounds or MRIs to diagnose the specific cause
  2. Prescription orthotic fittings to help with underlying structural abnormalities that contribute to or cause pain 
  3. Removable walking cast or boot fittings to help immobilize the foot for a few weeks if a tear or severe inflammation is present (which would be noted through the ultrasound)
  4. Corticosteroid or amniotic/stem cell injections to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  5. Shockwave therapy or EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) which is a non-invasive medical procedure that employs high-energy acoustic pressure waves that are delivered through the body and focused on the site of pain or injury. 
  6. Physical therapy and other exercises specific to the particular biomechanical cause of your pain 

We do what we do at Cure*ated because:

It takes courage to get the help you need when you need it and we want to support you in taking control of your journey to alleviate foot pain through making foot pain treatment easily accessible;

It requires consistently choosing to implement practices that are key to effective treatment of foot pain and we want to support you in taking control of your journey through providing compelling educational content to motivate and empower you to show up each day to your healing journey; and

We want to be a source of compassion, encouragement, and hope for you as you begin your healing journey.

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