Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a podiatric surgeon at Tower Wound Care in Culver City, California. He treats all types of foot pain arising from diverse causes. Whether you’ve suffered an injury, have a medical condition that causes foot pain, or have a painful foot problem from ill-fitting shoes, Dr. Knudson is here to help.
Foot pain affects about 75% of all people in the United States. That’s not much of a surprise considering your foot has 26 bones and a complex supporting structure of muscles and ligaments, all of which bear the full force of your body weight every time you take a step. Putting on weight, high-intensity activities, and work activities — such as standing all day — contribute to foot pain, but some of the most common causes include:
Shoes: Shoes are one of the top causes of foot pain, especially when they don’t fit properly or they put too much pressure on one area of your foot, like happens with high heels or pointed toes.
Injury: Foot injuries don’t have to be as serious as a broken bone or torn ligament to result in pain. Simply twisting an ankle, stubbing a toe, or stepping on a hard object in bare feet can lead to significant pain.
Abnormal gait: Your foot supports weight and absorbs shock, but only when you walk normally. Any condition that contributes to an abnormal gait may lead to foot pain.
Chronic inflammation: No matter what triggers the inflammation in your foot, if the swelling persists longer than it should, it may be painful.
Dr. Knudson treats every type foot pain, although sometimes he collaborates with another specialist if the pain is associated with an underlying medical condition, such as Parkinson’s disease or a spinal problem. This is a partial list of painful foot conditions treated at Tower Wound Care:
Toe pain: Corns, bunions, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, inflamed nerves
Front of foot: Stress fracture, metatarsalgia (pain in ball of foot), sesamoiditis (inflamed tendons)
Heel pain: Heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, Achilles tendinitis
Arch: Flat feet, high arches, tarsal tunnel syndrome (compressed nerve)
When osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout develop in your feet, they pain, which can be mild to disabling. Osteoarthritis, which develops as cartilage between bones degenerates, commonly affects the big toe, but may develop in the middle of the foot. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes swelling and pain in small joints in the foot. Gout is notorious for causing swelling and excruciating pain in the big toe. Dr. Knudson can help control inflammation.
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"Dr. Knudson diagnosed my feet and associated walking issues. Great to find a kind doctor who knows his specialization in depth."
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