Initial Sharp Pain
An initial sharp pain could indicate a heel spur or another foot condition. Most patients with heel spurs describe the pain as feeling like a knife or pin, and it often occurs when they first stand up after sitting for a while. However, fifty percent of patients with heel spurs do not experience any pain from them. Since foot pain can be due to a variety of medical issues, patients who notice a sharp pain in any area of their foot should visit a podiatrist or an orthopedist if the pain does not improve after a few days. The doctor will ask the patient questions about when the pain began and if any activities make it worse. They will also want to know about any remedies the patient has tried and if anything has reduced the pain. After completing the health history, the physician will assess the patient's heel and foot. They will gently press on the area to determine the location of the pain, and the patient might be asked to walk across the room or to perform certain movements with the toes or foot. In addition to pain medication, the specialist may recommend the use of orthotic shoe inserts or a course of physical therapy to minimize pain.
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