FOOT AILMENTS

Flat Feet Arch Pain

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Causes: "Flat foot" is the term used to describe the occurrence when the arch or the inside of your foot lies flat on the ground. One foot or both feet may be affected. Foot pain generally is not an issue with flat feet unless the ankles are being turned inward. In this instance, pain often will be felt in the feet and ankles. Symptoms: Flat foot pain may be caused by a variety of reasons that include heredity, an arch that never developed, illnesses such as arthritis or diabetes and fallen arches. Fallen arches occur when the tendon running from...

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Bunion(s)

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Causes: Bunions are more likely caused by hyper-pronation of the foot (arches that collapse and ankles that roll in). Symptoms: Pushing off straight ahead with their first metatarsal and big toe, they push off with the second metatarsal across the big toe.  With every step, the big toe is pushed toward the second toe.  After years of walking this way, the joint finally gives way. Prevention & Care: Reduce hyper-pronation.  If done properly, your gait will change so that you will walk with less outward rotation of your feet which will reduce the sideways pressure on the big toe.  This...

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Blisters

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Causes: Foot Blisters are caused by friction from shoes or clothing which rubs repeatedly on the skin causing friction burns. As the outer layer of skin separates from the inner layers the space between fills with lymph fluid. Symptoms: Blisters are a common problem with athletes wearing in new shoes as well as athletes or walkers who take part in exceptionally long events such as marathons or long hill walks. Blisters do not need to be a part of sporting life and can be prevented. Prevention & Care: These effects often happen when hiking, doing gymnastics or figure skating especially...

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Arch Pain

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Causes: Arch pain is the term used to describe symptoms that occur under the arch of the foot. When a patient has arch pain they usually have inflammation of the tissues within the midfoot. The arch of the foot is formed by a tight band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Symptoms: Arch pain early in the morning is due to the plantar fascia becoming contracted and tight as you sleep through the night. When awakening and walking in the morning, the fascia is still tight and prone to irritation when stretched. When walking or standing...

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Foot Bone Spurs

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Causes: A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on normal bone. Most people think of something sharp when they think of a "spur," but a bone spur is just extra bone. It’s usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendo ns, or nerves in the body. Symptoms:  A bone spur forms as the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. It generally forms in response to pressure, rubbing, or stress that continues over a long period of time....

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