Foot problems are a common occurrence. At one time or another just about everyone will experience either pain or discomfort in their feet. While there are some things that can be done to minimize or prevent problems, they are still likely to occur simply because we use our feet all the time and they bear a lot of weight. Wearing shoes made of quality materials and with adequate support and solid construction can make a big difference. Visiting an orthotist as soon as major problems arise is a good idea and wearing shoes which are the correct size can also lessen the likelihood of foot problems. In this article we will discuss some common foot problems. We will first list a number of them and then follow that up with a more in-depth discussion of a few of them.
Arthritis, tendinitis in the Achilles heel, pain in the ankles, burning feet, athletes foot, foot ulcers, gout, Morton’s toe, neuropathy and heel fissures are all common foot problems. These affect millions of people. Individuals may not only suffer from one of these conditions but multiple ones. This can mean that a person has extreme pain every time that they walk. In these cases, and in most cases of severe foot pain, a visit to the orthotist may be in order. When that is not possible, there are some over-the-counter (or internet) options that may work to alleviate pain. Now, let’s take a little closer look at some of the common foot ailments we listed above.
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a very common problem that affects the heel and the arch. It is the result of small tears in the plantar fascia. This condition can cause a lot of pain, discomfort and stiffness. To treat it, an individual may use arch supports or orthotics. Wearing custom made orthotics is usually the best choice. Anti-inflammation and pain medication may also be helpful.
Neuroma: This is a condition where irritation in the nerves occurs and causes swelling. The nerve may thicken and cause discomfort and pain. This often affects the ball area of the foot. Hammer Toes: Hammer toes are another pretty common foot condition. Individuals who have them essentially have a deformed toe. This is due to an imbalance in the tendons.
Achilles Tendinitis: Tendinitis of the Achilles is another condition of that affects the foot area and which can be very painful. It is essentially the case of an inflamed Achilles tendon. Over time, if it is not properly treated, the tendon take may become thicker and bumps or nodules may form on it. Eventually, if nothing is done, this can lead to the tearing of the tendon. This would obviously be quite painful and cause some serious problems. Surgery would be needed to repair a burst or ruptured Achilles tendon. This can be very costly and will require a cast and therapy. To avoid this, it is important to seek proper treatment and care. In this case, the saying is true, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”