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Chronic Foot Pain Specialist

Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Salt Lake City, UT

Chronic foot pain can affect your quality of life, sometimes making routine activities like walking almost impossible. Identifying the cause of the pain is the key to finding the most appropriate type of treatment. You can rely on board-certified podiatrists Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, a branch of Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to pinpoint the underlying cause of your chronic foot pain to get you up and moving again. Call today or book a consultation online.

Chronic Foot Pain Q & A

What causes chronic foot pain?

A range of conditions may lead to chronic foot pain. Some of the more common sources include:

Stone bruise

A stone bruise is a common injury caused by stepping on a hard object. This type of injury also happens among runners who don't wear shoes with enough padding. 

Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a sturdy band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel. Inflammation here may lead to pain in your heel.


A bunion is a bony outgrowth below your big toes that may be quite painful. This condition runs in families, but wearing tight shoes may also lead to a bunion.


Hammertoes form when your toe bends at the first joint, so it looks like a hammer. Muscle imbalances, arthritis, and tight shoes can lead to hammertoe.

Injuries and conditions affecting your foot and ankle also lead to chronic ankle pain. This includes:

  • Flat feet
  • Ankle sprains
  • Ankle fractures

A painful condition called osteochondral defect (OCD) often appears after you’ve fractured or severely sprained your ankle. OCD feels like a sharp shooting pain when you're walking, especially on uneven terrain.

If you’re experiencing chronic ankle pain or chronic foot pain, you can count on the board-certified podiatrists at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, for a fast, accurate diagnosis.

How is chronic foot pain diagnosed?

Your diagnosis at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, begins with a thorough review of your medical history and an examination of your foot. Your podiatrist may suggest diagnostic imaging studies, such as an ultrasound or X-rays, to rule out potential causes of the pain and confirm your diagnosis.

What are the treatments for chronic foot pain?

You can expect the team at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, to think outside the box to not only pinpoint the source of your chronic pain, but also to provide effective treatment. They customize your treatment plan for your condition. 

Depending on your diagnosis, they may suggest one or more of the following methods:

  • Rest and ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Exercises
  • Stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints
  • Orthotics
  • Walking cast
  • Cortisone injections
  • Shockwave therapy

If warranted, they discuss surgical options to address chronic foot pain and chronic ankle pain. 

Get the expert care you deserve today by calling or booking a consultation online with Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, to discuss your chronic foot or ankle pain with a board-certified podiatrist.