Foot Pain

Jeremy Schwartz, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Complete Feet Podiatry

Jeremy Schwartz, DPM

Podiatrist located in Lakeview, Chicago, IL

Foot pain can occur at any age and for many reasons, often resulting in impaired mobility. Relief of foot pain requires skilled care, and the team at Complete Feet Podiatry in Chicago, IL, offers an array of treatment options that can be customized for the needs of each patient they treat for optimal, fast, long-term relief.

Foot Pain Q & A

What are the most common causes of foot pain?

Foot pain is a common complaint, and it becomes more common as people get older. Some of the most common causes of foot pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neuromas and other nerve-related issues
  • Diseases that affect circulation, including diabetes
  • Heel spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Plantar warts
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fractures, sprains, and strains
  • Arch-related problems, including flat feet and “fallen” arches
  • Gait-related problems
  • Repetitive stress
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Shoes that do not fit properly or do not provide adequate support

Many causes of foot pain are related to injuries from slip-and-fall accidents or sports injuries, especially from sports that cause significant impact to the bottoms of the feet.

How are the causes of foot pain diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a physical examination of the foot and a review of symptoms, as well as a review of the personal and family health history of the patient to look for issues that could cause pain or have a bearing on treatment. During the examination, passive and active movements may be used to determine the source of pain and to evaluate the function and flexibility of the foot and ankle. When a physical examination does not provide enough information to develop a form diagnosis, x-rays or other types of diagnostic imaging procedures may be ordered to provide additional information.

What treatments are available for relieving foot pain?

Just as there are many causes of foot pain, there are also many treatments, including:

  • Oral medications and corticosteroid injections to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy and therapeutic stretching exercise to help restore function and flexibility, alleviate pain and promote healing
  • Use of splints, braces or casts to provide stability during healing
  • Custom orthotics to redistribute pressure and address gait-related issues and other problems that may be causing or contributing to pain
  • In-office treatments for corns and calluses

When conservative approaches fail to provide relief, surgery may be necessary. Each plan of treatment will be customized to ensure optimal results in every patient.


We accept all major insurance providers. For questions regarding your personal insurance provider, please feel free to call us at (773) 309-4335.