The 5 Most Common Foot Problems

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Blog, Foot Care | Comments Off on The 5 Most Common Foot Problems

5 Most Common Foot ProblemsSeventy-five percent of Americans will experience some type of foot pain in their life, according to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine. If your feet hurt, you’re not alone. You may be having one of these five common foot issues.

1. Bunions

Bunions are painful lumps that form at the base of the toe joint, most commonly at the base of the big toe. They can make walking very painful.

Treatment for bunions includes specially designed footwear, orthopedic insoles and, in extreme cases, surgery.

2. Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses on the feet are usually the result of decades of wearing fashionable, but ill-advised, footwear. These are thick areas of skin on the feet where there has been friction.

Getting rid of calluses and corns first involves getting rid of the source of the problem. If this doesn’t gradually eliminate the corn or callus, then moisturizing creams can be used to soften the tissue. Surgery is only used as a last resort.

3. Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

Plantar fasciitis is a common source of heel pain. It is the inflammation of the long tendon that connects your toes to your heel. Heel spurs are bony growths at the base of the heel. They are often associated with plantar fasciitis.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes resting and applying ice to the area, as well as physical therapy and stretching exercises. Most cases of plantar fasciitis resolve themselves in a few weeks.

4. Claw Toes and Mallet Toes

Claw and mallet toes are misshapen toes that can hamper balance and mobility. These can be the result of years of wearing shoes that are too small, or chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.

While there is no way to correct misshapen toes, the pain associated with them can be diminished or eliminated by wearing looser shoes, inserting orthopedic insoles in your shoes and taking over-the-counter pain relievers.

5. Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail turns inward, piercing the delicate skin around the toes. This condition most often affects the big toe.

Treatment for ingrown toenails includes good foot hygiene, such as clipping toenails regularly. Soaking your feet can make this easier and less painful. Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is an infection due to the nail piercing the skin on your toe. In very rare instances, surgery may be necessary to remove the nail.

To learn more about what might be making your feet hurt and how we can help diminish the pain, contact Advanced Podiatry.