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What causes foot pain?

About 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. The foot is a complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints and 126 muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.


Most foot pain comes from neglect and improper care, like wearing ill-fitting shoes. A small percentage of Americans are born with foot problems, which may manifest from early childhood to adulthood. Aging brings about changes in the foot as well and all foot problems can be affected by walking mechanics, gait patterns, and terrain.

person with chronic foot pain

The precise location of pain can help determine whether the problem lies in bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, skin, toenail beds or fascia. For example, heel or arch pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis, caused by the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue running from the heel to the toes, becoming inflamed or irritated.


You don’t have to live in pain. The Houston and Pasadena doctors and specialists at Advocate Pain Management take an individualized approach to diagnosing and treating the cause of chronic foot pain, not just the symptoms.



Solutions for chronic foot pain

The doctors at APMC are specialists in non-surgical interventional treatment of the foot. The objective of interventional pain procedures is to identify the source of a patient’s pain and to direct treatment specifically to that source. Options are specifically tailored to each patient and all procedures are done on an outpatient basis.


xray of patient's foot
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