Have your feet been asking for a time-out lately? If you've been dealing with aches, pains, or that nagging feeling that something's just not right, call a doctor. Many women experience foot pain at some point in their lives, but it’s difficult to figure out the exact causes of foot pain.

As a leading podiatrist with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Haro has diagnosed and treated countless foot pain cases, from common ailments like plantar fasciitis to more complex issues. At Haro Podiatry Center, we assess your foot health and create a treatment plan to address your problem.

Common Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain is common, but that doesn't mean you have to live with it. The first step to relief is figuring out what's causing the problem. Here are some of the most common culprits behind your foot pain:

Plantar Fasciitis

If you feel a stabbing pain in your heel or arch, especially when you first wake up or after sitting for a while, you might have plantar fasciitis. It's the most common cause of foot pain we see at Haro Podiatry Center. This condition affects the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports your arch. Things like overuse, high-impact activities, and certain foot types can strain the fascia and cause pain.

Heel Spurs

If you have a bony bump on your heel that hurts, it could be a heel spur. They often happen alongside plantar fasciitis. While heel spurs themselves might not always cause pain, they can make the pain from plantar fasciitis worse.

Achilles Tendonitis

If you feel pain or stiffness in the back of your heel or calf, you might have Achilles tendonitis. This is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. It's common in runners and people with active lifestyles.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are small cracks in the bones of your feet. They often happen from repetitive stress or overuse. If you're an athlete or have osteoporosis, you might be more at risk. The pain can get worse with activity.

Morton's Neuroma

If you feel a burning pain, numbness, or tingling in the ball of your foot or toes, it could be Morton's neuroma. This condition affects the nerves between your toes, usually between the third and fourth toes. Tight shoes and high heels are often to blame.

Other Foot Pain Causes

Foot pain isn't always one of these common conditions. It can also be caused by things like arthritis, diabetes, tendonitis, and bursitis. If you're not sure what's causing your pain, Dr. Haro can figure it out and help you find relief.

When to Call the Doctor for Foot Treatment Options

Sometimes, foot pain just won't quit. If you've tried rest and home remedies but you're still struggling, it's time to call in the experts. Knowing when to seek professional help can save you a lot of unnecessary discomfort.

Don't Ignore These Signs

Pay attention to your body. If your foot pain is severe and persistent, or if you have other symptoms like swelling, redness, open sores, or can't put weight on your foot, it's time to see a podiatrist like Dr. Haro. These could be signs of a bigger problem that needs quick attention.

Early Diagnosis

Early diagnosis is important if you have other health conditions like diabetes or nerve problems. These can sometimes affect your feet, so catching any issues early can prevent more damage and help you heal faster.

Not sure if your pain is a big deal? Just ask us. We're always happy to answer your questions and help you decide if it's time to see Dr. Haro.

What Happens When You See Dr. Haro

When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Haro will want to know about your medical history and how your foot has been feeling. He'll also examine your feet, checking for tenderness, swelling, and how well you can move them. If necessary, he might suggest some tests like X-rays or an MRI to get a clearer picture of what's going on.

Find Relief from Foot Pain

At Haro Podiatry Center, we treat different levels of foot pain accordingly. That's why we offer a variety of treatment options, from simple to advanced, to help you get back on your feet.

Conservative Treatments

We often start with simple treatments that can make a big difference. Depending on your pain, Dr. Haro might recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to help reduce swelling and pain. Physical therapy and targeted exercises can also strengthen your feet and prevent future injuries.

Custom Orthotics

Unlike store-bought inserts, our custom orthotics provide the exact support and alignment you need to address the root of your pain. Many women have found relief from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and other issues with custom orthotics.

Medications and More

Sometimes, medication can help you manage discomfort. Dr. Haro may recommend anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, or topical creams or gels to soothe your pain and reduce swelling.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

If simple treatments aren't enough, we have minimally invasive procedures like corticosteroid injections or shockwave therapy. These can target pain and promote healing without surgery.


We always look for non-surgical options first, but if those don't work, surgery might be the best choice. Don't worry. Dr. Haro is a skilled surgeon with extensive experience in foot and ankle procedures.

Prevent Foot Pain Before It Starts

You don't have to wait until your feet hurt to take care of them. Taking a few simple steps can help prevent pain and keep your feet feeling great so you can keep up with your busy life.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Your shoes matter a lot when it comes to foot health. Comfort and support are key, but that doesn't mean sacrificing style. Choose shoes with enough room for your toes to wiggle and good arch support to keep your feet aligned. Not sure which shoes are best? Dr. Haro can help you find the perfect pair of shoes.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Carrying extra weight puts extra stress on your feet and can worsen conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis. By eating well and exercising regularly, you take pressure off your feet and protect them from unnecessary wear and tear.

Warm Up and Stretch

Before you jump into your workout, take a few minutes to warm up and stretch your feet and ankles. This can help prevent those pesky sprains and strains. Our team at Haro Podiatry Center can show you some easy stretches that will make a big difference.

Listen to Your Body

Your body knows best, so pay attention when it tells you something's wrong. If you start to feel foot pain, don't ignore it. Rest, change your activities, and give your feet time to heal. Ignoring the pain can lead to bigger problems in the future.

Say Goodbye to Foot Pain

Don't wait another day to experience the freedom of pain-free movement. Schedule your consultation and let us help you get back to doing what you love.

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