Finding Foot Pain Relief
Thursday, May 12, 2022

by Liz Bonis, WKRC

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) – The warmer weather has many of us trying to be more active, and that’s driving up foot pain in area doctors’ offices. 

Podiatrists at OrthoCincy say the increase in foot pain is coming from a number of things, but mainly from the lifestyle many of us had during COVID-19.

Dr. Matt Connolly, a foot and ankle specialist at OrthoCincy, says many people were not wearing shoes while working from home, but have started again while trying to be more active. He says when he tells people they need to get new shoes, they often say they barely wore the old ones, so they’re just like new. But, he says, that’s not how it works. “Shoes have a lifespan as well as anything else,” said Dr. Connolly.

“We usually say 500 miles, or one year, and that’s not set in stone, but at the same time, sometimes people come to me, and they say, 'I’m getting blisters. I’m having problems with this shoe.' I say, 'How old is it?' They say, ‘Two or three years, but I didn’t use it very much.' I think I’m a very good doctor when I tell someone to go shopping, because they say, ‘I think I will follow that direction.'" He says, for foot pain that doesn’t go away with no shoes, and even if it’s in the toes or heels, treatment can involve everything from injections to stretches that can help ease pain.

However, if it has gone on more than about three weeks, Dr. Connolly says you should see a foot specialist.

If you need to make an appointment with Dr. Connolly or another OrthoCincy specialist, click HERE.