Foot and hand pain can be caused by a variety of conditions. The upper and lower extremities are made up of a network of bones and soft tissues that can become inflamed or damaged, usually from injury or progressive disease.
It is important for physicians to identify the cause of your foot and hand pain in order to properly treat it. In this article, we will discuss the top causes of foot and hand pain that are treated by orthopedic doctors.
Overuse injuries of the hand and foot are common among athletes, manual laborers, and office workers who perform repetitive motions with their bodies. Overuse injuries of the foot can be a result of being on your feet for extended periods of time or suddenly increasing the intensity of your sport or exercise. As a result, the muscles or tendons become irritated and inflamed, which leads to foot and hand pain. Examples of these overuse injuries are sprains, strains, and tendonitis.
Arthritis is another leading cause of foot and hand pain. Arthritis causes pain and stiffness because of inflammation, due to the bones rubbing against one another. Osteoarthritis is the most common type and usually affects older individuals but can present itself among people as young as 40. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that targets the joints in the hands and feet and causes pain and deformity.
Nerve damage can be the underlying cause of pain in the hand and wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of hand pain. It is a result of the median nerve (that runs from the forearm through the wrist through the carpal tunnel) becoming inflamed due to the pressure placed on it through overuse. Without treatment, this nerve irritation can result in permanent nerve damage.
Stress fractures are smaller fractures that can cause foot and hand pain. Stress fractures are common in athletes and are often a result of a bad fall or repetitive strain. Falls can also cause bigger fractures, as can high-speed and high-impact sports or direct blows and vehicular accidents. Fractures can be painful and should be treated by a doctor immediately.
If you are experiencing foot and hand pain, consult an orthopedic doctor. They are experts in treating orthopedic conditions that cause pain and can pinpoint the underlying cause of your symptoms and alleviate it quickly.
Orthopedic Doctors in Westlake and Avon, OH
The orthopedic surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates, Inc. can treat the full range of upper extremity conditions, sports injuries, and traumatic injuries that cause foot and hand pain. Our physicians specialize in hand and upper extremity care, spine care, and sports medicine. In addition to diagnostics and treatment, we also offer ancillary services such as physical therapy and rehabilitation services. We are committed to your recovery and will make sure you are comfortable in our care.