When Pain Becomes a Problem

Pain — we have all experienced it at some point in our lives. That unpleasant sensation of a sunburn, headache, or a stubbed toe on the bedpost. Pain, whether acute or chronic, varies from person to person. Early identification and treatment of the underlying cause of pain is important to reduce the prolonged, debilitating effects of pain.

 

Pain Relievers

There are many different modalities for managing and treating pain. Often times, over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve, and are readily accessible and therefore become the treatment of choice for pain relief.  While these medications are generally safe, if taken as directed and at the recommended dose, they also carry risks. This includes side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding,  drug interactions, or accidental overdosing that can turn fatal. As a precaution, it is important to carefully read the label prior to taking the medication or to consult your healthcare provider prior to taking the medication.

 

Risk of Over Medicating

Opioids, such as Percocet or Vicodin, are a powerful class of drug that may be prescribed by your doctor to treat pain, if indicated. Opioids are notorious for causing drug dependency, addiction, respiratory depression, or death if used inappropriately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic as these drugs have killed a record high of more than 42,000 people in 2016. The best ways to prevent opioid overdose deaths are to improve opioid prescribing, reduce exposure to opioids, prevent misuse, and treat opioid use disorder.

 

Whether you have been in pain for a few days or for several months, it is important to seek medical professional help.  Your podiatrist can play an important role in diagnosing and treating your foot and ankle pain. Schedule a visit with one of our many foot and ankle specialists today.

Foot and Ankle Surgeon Dr. Michelle LeDr. Michelle Le works in our Rockville, MD office.

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