Foot pain can be caused by a variety of conditions including:
- Plantar Fasciitis – The plantar fascia is a tendon like thickening which attaches from the heel to the ball of the foot. It is actually an extension of the Achilles tendon. This condition is an inflammation of the fascia which causes pain, tightening and swelling. This commonly causes pain in the morning when first stepping down and when standing for long periods of time. This condition is caused by a flattening of the arch and by chronic tightness of the Achilles tendon. Abnormal postural misalignment and stress will predispose a person to plantar fascitis.
- Achilles Tendonitis – The Achilles tendon is a large tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel of the foot. Inflammation of this tendon can be caused by injury and chronic, repetitive stress. This condition is also made worse by abnormal postural misalignment. If untreated, this condition can worsen to the point where tendon rupture can occur, requiring surgery.
- Osteoarthritis – Injuries and chronic, repetitive stress can cause misalignment and abnormal movement in the bones of the foot. This will eventually lead to osteoarthritis.
- Bunions – A bunion is caused by chronic, repetitive stress in the joint of the big toe. Over time, the joint misaligns to the point that the big toe will start to point away from the mid-line of the body. Eventually the body, in attempt to stabilize the joint, will deposit extra bone to the joint. This develops into the common bunion. This condition is many times caused by a flattening of arch in the foot. It mostly affects females and is made worse by wearing high heels.
- Morton’s Neuroma – This condition is caused by a thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve traveling between the toes. It most commonly affects the digital nerve passing between the third and fourth toe. This is many times caused by chronic, repetitive stress to the foot that creates misalignment and flattening of the arch.
- Foot Fracture – Fractures from injuries or chronic, repetitive stress can acute and chronic pain.
- Calcaneal (Heel) Spur – This condition develops when plantar fasciitis is left untreated for a long period of time. The plantar fascia is a tendon like thickening and extension of the Achilles tendon that attaches from the underside of the calacaneus (heel bone) to the ball of the foot. As a response to chronic inflammation and stress, the body will deposit extra bone to the fascia where it connects to the heel. It does this as an attempt to strengthen the attachment. This eventually forms a spur, which can cause pain and discomfort. This pain is aggravated by prolonged standing and walking, and can so severe, that it requires surgery to correct it.
- Peripheral Neuropathy – Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are loss of sensation or feeling in the foot, pain, muscle weakness and numbness and tingling. This condition has many potential causes, which once determined will require different types of treatment.
At Advanced Healthcare, our team will do a comprehensive examination to determine the exact cause of your pain, and then will prescribe an appropriate treatment program.
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