Explaining the Foot Pain Scale

Probably about a 4 on the pain scaleEffective communication is powerful. This definitely is the case when you are trying to explain the severity of your foot pain, but it also applies to so many areas of life, especially relationships. Being able to say what you actually want makes a big impact in how happy you will be with the results. It can be the difference between your spouse picking up a hose instead of a horse. Or cleaning a horse instead of the house. (“But we don’t even have a horse!” “Well, it’s what you texted.”)

Understanding the nature of your pain is part of the process for diagnosing your injury or condition. It’s certainly helpful to know if the pain is sharp or dull, or if it is always present or comes and goes. Going hand-in-hand with this, it is important for doctors to know the intensity of your pain.

Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the scale for foot pain:

  • 1-2 – If your pain is this minimal, it is similar to a mosquito bite. You will likely be unaware anything is wrong at this level.
  • 3-4 – Pain in this range is definitely not debilitating—you can perform normal tasks with ease—but you do know it is there. This is actually a good point to come in and have the issue diagnosed.
  • 5-6 – You will likely start to avoid or limit certain activities, especially athletic or workout-related ones. The pain is not going away on its own and is starting to cause problems.
  • 7-8 – Every step you take reminds you that something is not right, even during normal tasks and usage. At this point, most people will seek medical care.
  • 9 – You can longer do normal activities on account of the pain.
  • 10 – When the pain is at this level, you should be seeking emergency care at a hospital. If you are able to walk into our office (or anywhere), your pain is definitely less than a “10.”

Now that you understand the best way to describe your pain, it’s time to get the treatment you need. Remember, it is important to address problems at their earliest stages for best results. Doing so can stop that “3” from becoming an “8.”

When you need exceptional foot care in the greater Indianapolis, IN area, come see your “go to foot doc” here at the office of Jeffrie C. Leibovitz, D.P.M. Simply give us a call at (317) 545-0505 or request your appointment online right now.

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