Foot Pain Specialist

Apurva Dalal, MD -  - Orthopaedic Specialist

Tri-State Orthopaedics

Apurva Dalal, MD

Orthopaedic Specialist & Robotic Surgeon located in Germantown, TN & Memphis, TN

Foot pain interferes with daily activities, including walking and sports. At Tri-State Orthopaedics, experienced orthopedic surgeon Apurva Dalal, MD, diagnoses the cause of your pain and offers therapy to relieve it. Call one of Tri-State Orthopaedics’ two locations, in Memphis and Germantown, Tennessee, or use the online booking agent to learn how Dr. Dalal can help you relieve issues such as Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and bunions.

Foot Pain Q & A

What are common causes of foot pain?

Foot pain commonly occurs in young athletes whose sport involves a lot of running and jumping. It may also happen as you age, gain weight, experience an injury, wear poorly fitting shoes, or spend too much time on your feet.

Foot pain may result in a diagnosis of specific treatable conditions, including:

  • Achilles tendinitis or rupture
  • Bone spurs
  • Broken ankle, foot or toe
  • Bunions
  • Diabetic neuropathy, gout, and osteoarthritis
  • Foot deformities such as hammertoe, plantar warts, and ingrown toenails
  • Foot tendinitis

How do you diagnose foot pain?

Dr. Dalal does a thorough physical exam, reviews your medical history, and evaluates your foot pain symptoms to determine the cause. He may order imaging scans, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.

How do you treat foot pain?

The treatment you undergo depends on the cause of your foot pain. Noninvasive treatment includes:

  • Rest
  • Medication
  • Ice and compression
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

In some cases, depending upon the condition, Dr. Dalal may recommend surgery.

What is ankle arthroscopy?

Dr. Dalal may recommend ankle arthroscopy as a diagnostic procedure. During this surgery, he makes a small incision in your skin that allows the insertion of small instruments containing lighting and a lens to examine the connective tissue and bone.

It helps diagnose and treat conditions such as inflammation, injuries, or osteoarthritis. You may be a candidate for arthroscopy if you have ankle arthritis, a fracture, an infection, or undiagnosed pain.

What treatment is available for bunions?

A bunion changes the shape of your foot by causing the big toe to turn inward, leading to pain and inflammation. A bunion can result due to incorrect footwear, joint damage, arthritis, or genetics. You can suspect a bunion if you have a bony bump on the side of your foot and associated pain and inflammation.

Dr. Dalal first suggests conservative treatment, such as adjusted footwear, but if that is unsuccessful, he may recommend a bunionectomy, which is surgical removal of the bunion and restoration of normal bone alignment.

What treatments are available for plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes pain under your heel bone that can be aggravated during walking and running or prolonged standing. It’s caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that lies at the bottom of your foot. Surgery is rarely required to heal the pain, rather, Dr. Dalal offers physical therapy, shock wave therapy, medications, rest, and special insoles.