Four Common Foot Conditions

Foot pain is one of the most common painful conditions. The causes can be many, and can in fact be due a problems in bones, tendons, ligaments, fascia, muscles, nerves, toenails, blood vessels, and skin.

Here’s a look at four most common and painful conditions that afflict people.

1. Nerve Problems – Foot pain can be caused by an inflamed, pinched or irritated nerve. Those who suffer from the tarsal tunnel syndrome experience shooting or burning pain that spreads from the inner side of the ankle towards the arch and the sole. This is caused by pinching or compression of a nerve near the inside of the ankle bone. Morton’s neuroma is another nerve related condition which may cause sharp shooting pain, usually with walking often between the third and fourth toes.

2. Heel Pain – Heel pain can be caused by a number of things but the most common cause is that of plantar fasciitis. If on the bottom of the foot near the heel, it may be due to plantar fasciitis and caused by inflammation of the attachment of the plantar fascia ligament to the heel bone. Pain behind the heel may be due to Achilles tendonitis, or bursitis.

3. Ingrown Toenails – An ingrown toenail can be a painful condition where the edge of a toenail grows into the edge of the skin. The most common signs apart from pain include swollen or red skin which is usually a sign of infection.

4. Arthritis – Physical wear and tear often breaks down the cartilage and leads to osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and gout are some of the less common forms of arthritis, but may be causes of severe joint pain in any part of the foot or ankle.

If you suffer from foot pain, visit and then consult your doctor to locate the exact area where it’s giving your problems so to avoid further complications.

Read one of our other blogs to know about the different kinds of foot pain.

About Doug Roberts MD

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