Causes of Foot Pain
At some point in their life almost every person is affected by problems with their feet. The foot is a complex structure. Accurate diagnosis is essential to receiving the appropriate treatment. Some common causes of foot pain include:
Topics below cover the following common foot conditions:
A Bunion is a protrusion on the inner edge of the foot, just before the big toe. At the same time the big toe also starts pointing more and more towards the other toes. The most common cause of Bunions has to do with wearing shoes that are too tight or squeeze the toes. Hereditary factors also play a role. Along with bunions you may develop a hammer toe in the second toe.
Hammer Toe is a deformity of the toe where the toe sticks upward at an uncomfortable angle. They can be caused by improper footwear, hereditary factors, or weaker small muscles of the foot (the muscles of one side end up pulling harder than the other side, causing an imbalance).
Having flat feet may not cause any problems at all. To see if you have flat feet look at the inner edge of you foot when you are standing. If the inner edge of your foot touches the ground then you have flat feet. If problems develop then consultation with a doctor may be necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Causes of Ankle Pain
Ankle pain is a common problem. Ankle performance depends on a complex interaction of tendons, muscles, ligaments and bones. A problem with any one part can adversely affect the whole. Accurate diagnosis is essential to receiving the appropriate treatment. Some common causes of ankle pain include:
Topics below cover two common areas of ankle problems.
Arthritis is a general term used to describe inflammation of a joint. It can result in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. Although arthritis of the ankle is rare, it is known to occur in a few different ways. It can be caused by:
- Previously Healed Injury
- > Rheumatoid Arthritis
- > Infection
- > Genetic factors
- >Excessive Body Weight
Previously Healed Injury is the most common cause of ankle arthritis. It’s caused by fractures and other injuries that damage the surrounding cartilage. The damage to the cartilage never really heals back to its original condition. Over time, this can lead to accelerated arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients with rheumatoid disease can develop ankle arthritis. The joint inflammation can cause damage to the cartilage. This can lead to significant problems which require treatment.
Types of injuries:
Tendinitis and Tendinosis, although similarly named, are actually quite different. Both relate to tendons, which connect muscle to bone. Tendinitis is inflammation of the tendon, usually related to acute (immediate) occurrences like accidents. Tendinosis, on the other hand, is a chronic (long-term) condition associated with degeneration of a tendon.
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