Foot Pain Specialist

Christopher Yardan, DPM -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery

Christopher Yardan, DPM

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Wallingford, CT

Consider for a moment the size of your feet in relation to their duties, supporting the weight of your entire body and enabling balance and mobility. It’s little wonder that you may experience foot pain at some point in your life. When this happens, early intervention with Christopher Yardan, DPM, at The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery, can make all the difference. If you want to get to the bottom of your foot pain, call the office in Wallingford, Connecticut, or use the online scheduling feature.

Foot Pain

What is the anatomy of the foot?

Your feet are quite incredible structures given all that they’re responsible for in terms of supporting your body and enabling mobility and balance. To get the job done, your feet contain almost a quarter of the bones in your body — 28 bones in each foot, including your:

  • Calcaneus — heel bone
  • Talus — a small bone between your foot and ankle
  • Tarsals — the bones in your midfoot
  • Metatarsals — the small bones in your forefoot
  • Phalanges — the bones that make up your toes
  • Sesamoids — tiny bones in the balls of your feet

These bones come together to form 30 joints in each foot, which are supported by 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

What are the most common causes of foot pain?

Given the complexity and sheer number of components in your feet, there are a number of issues that can cause foot pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Bunions
  • Bone spurs
  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoes
  • Diabetic neuropathy

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the myriad conditions that can cause foot pain. 

How is foot pain diagnosed and treated?

When you first come in, Dr. Yardan sits down with you to review your symptoms and examine your foot. In most cases, he orders advanced imaging so that he can get a better look at what’s going on inside your foot.

Once he discovers the underlying problem, he works with you on an appropriate treatment plan that takes your unique situation and goals into account. Dr. Yardan typically prefers to start out conservatively and finds that many foot pain issues can be remedied through arch support and better footwear.

Using custom orthotics, Dr. Yardan rebalances your foot, taking the pressure off of your painful area, and redistributing the workload properly to prevent further problems. During this time, he may recommend that you take anti-inflammatory medications or use icing therapies to quiet the pain and deal with any swelling.

If the overall design of your foot is problematic or pathologic, he may recommend surgical intervention. As a board-certified foot reconstruction specialist, Dr. Yardan has considerable experience helping his patients find long-lasting relief from foot pain by resolving structural issues.

For expert treatment of your foot pain, call The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.