Foot Pain Specialist

At the European Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Podolskiy and Dr. Goshko treat patients from in and around Chicago, Illinois for a variety of conditions and injuries resulting in foot pain. Offices are located on South Michigan Avenue, Oak Street, and West Chicago Ave, as well as six other locations throughout Chicago.

Foot Pain

What are the most common causes of foot pain?

Foot pain is a common complaint, becoming more common as people get older. Some of the most common causes of foot pain include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • neuromas and other nerve-related issues
  • diseases that affect circulation, including diabetes
  • heel spurs
  • bursitis
  • tendinitis
  • plantar warts
  • bunions and hammertoes
  • corns and calluses
  • ingrown toenails
  • fractures, sprains, and strains
  • arch-related problems, including flat feet and “fallen” arches
  • gait-related problems
  • repetitive stress
  • being obese or overweight
  • shoes that do not fit properly or do not provide adequate support

Many causes of foot pain are related to injuries from slip-and-fall accidents or sports injuries, especially from sports that cause significant impact to the bottoms of the feet.

How are the causes of foot pain diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a physical examination of the foot and a review of symptoms, as well as a review of the personal and family health history of the patient to look for issues that could cause pain or have a bearing on treatment. During the examination, passive and active movements may be used to determine the source of pain and to evaluate the function and flexibility of the foot and ankle. When a physical examination does not provide enough information to develop a form diagnosis, x-rays or other types of diagnostic imaging procedures may be ordered to provide additional information.

What treatments are available for foot pain?

Painful foot conditions require different types of treatment depending on the underlying cause. Typically, conservative options like oral medications, steroid injections, and custom orthotics are used first, accompanied by stretching exercises or physical therapy as needed. If the plantar fascia is involved, special splints may be used to help gently stretch the tissue and improve flexibility over time. Lifestyle changes including losing excess weight or changing shoe style may also help. In cases where the causes of foot pain are more complex, and conservative options aren't effective in providing relief, surgery may be recommended to remove heel spurs, reposition the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel or provide other corrective measures.

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Most major insurance plans are accepted. Please call our office for more information.

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