More than 75% of adults have foot pain at some time. Whether you’ve suffered a running injury, a fracture, a traumatic foot injury, or some other issue, you need to treat the underlying cause of your foot pain to avoid long-term mobility issues or disability. Fortunately, you can get top-notch podiatry care at Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists. Experienced podiatrist Matthew Wachtler, DPM, offers complete care for foot pain, from diagnosis to treatment and full recovery. Call the Cedar Grove, New Jersey, office or use the online scheduler for help.
Foot pain is often a result of sports injuries, foot trauma, disease, and foot deformity. Some of the most common forms of foot pain are:
Whether your foot pain’s new or chronic, it’s not normal. Dr. Wachtler can diagnose your foot pain and help you right away.
Dr. Wachtler examines your foot and ankle and goes over your medical history and symptoms with you in detail to form a diagnosis. He may ask you to stand, walk, flex your foot, and make other movements so he can evaluate your foot health and stability.
You may need digital X-rays or other imaging tests if your foot problem occurs in the bones, ligaments, tendons, and other tissue under the skin.
Dr. Wachtler treats each foot and ankle pathology according to its specific cause. Depending on your problem, you may need:
If you have an underlying disease like diabetes, you need regular diabetic foot care to resolve pain and stay healthy. Dr. Wachtler can help with wound healing and preventive protocols to avoid further diabetes complications in your feet.
Splints and braces help to stabilize your injured foot or ankle. By keeping the foot and ankle in the optimal position, splints and braces help decrease pain and encourage healing.
Custom orthotics can relieve pain and also improve movement.
Physical therapy exercises improve your strength and range of motion as you overcome an injury, such as a running injury.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections direct your body’s strongest healing substances to the site of an injury. PRP releases growth factors and recruits new stem cells that can help regrow any type of tissue, including ligaments and tendons. Further, PRP reduces inflammation and pain.
Cortisone injections dramatically minimize inflammation around an injury. This can ease your pain long enough to allow you to heal naturally.
Shockwave therapy delivers acoustic waves through your skin and straight into damaged tissue. This type of therapy triggers your body’s internal restorative processes to speed healing and reduce pain.
Dr. Wachtler takes a conservative approach, emphasizing your comfort and safety. In some cases, however, foot or ankle surgery is the best choice if you have severe tissue damage. He’s a board-certified and fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon.
For gentle foot pain care from a specialist who cares, reach out to Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists online or by phone.