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There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, including gout and rheumatoid arthritis. The most common forms to affect the feet are post-traumatic and osteoarthritis, especially in the big toe, ankle and mid-foot joints.
Even though bunions are a common foot deformity, there are misconceptions about them.
Many people may unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment.
Flatfoot is often a complex disorder, with diverse symptoms and varying degrees of deformity and disability. There are several types of flatfoot, all of which have one characteristic in common—partial or total collapse (loss) of the arch.
What is a Hammertoe?
Hammertoe is a contracture—or bending—of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.
Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis—a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst.
When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness,
swelling, and warmth in the toe.
What is Neuroma?
A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body. The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton’s neuroma, which occurs at the base of the third and fourth toes.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)
What is P.A.D.?
Commonly referred to as “poor circulation,” Peripheral Arterial Disease” (P.A.D.) is the restriction of blood flow in the arteries of the leg. When arteries become narrowed by plaque (the accumulation of cholesterol and other materials on the walls of the arteries), the oxygen-rich blood flowing through the arteries cannot reach the legs and feet.
What is a Plantars Wart?
A wart is a small growth on the skin that develops when the skin is infected by a virus. Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but typically they appear on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot.