Work-related foot injuries are often chronic orthopaedic problems caused
by repetitive use. Some examples of common foot problems include bunions
and plantar fasciitis. If you’ve developed foot problems and you
suspect they may be related to your occupation, you can consult an
orthopaedic doctor for help. Inform your orthopaedic doctor of the symptoms you’ve
experienced and whether you’ve injured your foot recently. Your
orthopaedic doctor can advise you of your treatment options and discuss
what complications may develop without treatment.
Possible Symptoms and Causes
The symptoms of a work-related foot injury can vary, depending on the exact
injury. A bunion, which is a bump on the big toe joint, can cause symptoms
such as corns or calluses, swelling, redness, pain, and limited movement
of the big toe. Bunions can develop with uneven pressure on the feet.
If your occupation exerts excess stress on your feet, you may be at a
higher risk of bunions. Another common work-related foot injury is plantar
fasciitis, which involves heel pain that can be quite severe. The pain
may feel like a
stabbing sensation in the heel and it is often worse in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is a repetitive
strain injury caused by repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar
fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue. Plantar fasciitis
is common among those whose jobs require long periods of standing or walking.
Complications and Treatment Options
If left untreated, bunions can lead to additional foot problems, such as
bursitis, hammertoe, and metatarsalgia. Untreated plantar fasciitis can
lead to chronic heel pain. Often, individuals alter their walking patterns
because of the pain, which can lead to additional orthopaedic problems
like knee pain. Conservative treatment measures are available for bunions;
however, a surgical procedure can remove the swollen tissue and realign
the bone. If physical therapy and orthotics aren’t enough to relieve
plantar fasciitis pain, an orthopaedic surgeon may detach the plantar fascia.
MK Orthopaedics, you’ll find the treatment options you need to live life pain-free.
We offer a range of advanced treatments for your work-related injury or
sports injury. To obtain an appointment with our orthopaedic doctor in
Joliet, call our office at (815) 741-6900.