Foot or ankle pain is not normal!
Studies have shown that on average, roughly 70% of the U.S. population has complained of some type of foot or ankle pain at one time or another during the course of a year. This could be everything from a minor cut, blister, or athlete’s foot, to more serious conditions such as infections or broken bones.
Feet don’t always get the attention they deserve when it comes to foot care. This fact and the use of improperly-fitted footwear can cause many common conditions in the feet and ankles.
Are you at a higher risk than others?
Some people unfortunately, tend to suffer more than others when it comes to common foot and ankle conditions. For example, people who are overweight tend to put more force and pressure on their feet and generally have a greater chance of experiencing various foot problems. Patients who have diabetes tend to have more complications with their feet. Diabetes not only affects the eyes and the kidneys, but it also affects the skin and nerves, especially those of the feet. Athletes tend to experience various foot and ankle conditions because of the running, pounding, and jumping that put extra stress and force on their feet. In addition, servers, mail carriers, and factory workers, who do a lot of standing or walking on concrete or hard-surfaced floors often have various foot problems.
Want to learn more about your condition?
At our office we see many patients with common conditions such as:
- Achilles Tendonitis — Achilles tendonitis occurs when you have soreness or pain behind your heel bone where the Achilles tendon attaches. It most commonly occurs with a traumatic injury to the tendon or with overuse during extensive activity.
- Ankle Pain — This condition may range from a dull ache or throbbing to intense, sharp pain in your ankle joint. It may become difficult to put pressure on your foot, making it hard to walk or go about your regular activities. You may also hear a clicking sound as your ankle moves around. With this condition, you may also experience difficulty walking uphill or downhill and having your ankle bend.
- Bunions — A bunion is most commonly described as a growth or bump on the side of your toe. These typically develop on the side of your big toe. If not treated early, it can cause structural defects in your foot.
- Corns and Calluses — These are very common. They are thickened, dry, dead skin that develop along the bottom of your foot or on the top of your toes. They develop in an area of pressure or where rubbing occurs and can be very painful, especially when wearing closed-toe shoes or doing a lot of walking.
- Flat Feet — Flat feet occur when you stand up and your foot has no arch and is flat on the ground. If you were to leave a wet footprint, you would see your entire foot. Other ways to refer to flat feet include: pes planus, pes valgo planus, or collapsed arches.
- Hammertoes — Hammertoes are a genetic foot disorder that cause severe bending of your toes. This condition is caused by an imbalance in your muscles. Foot pain will occur when walking or wearing certain shoes.
- Heel Pain — Heel pain can be caused by many factors. It is one of the most common problems treated at our Chicago office.
- Plantar Fasciitis — Plantar fasciitis is also a very common problem that we see in our podiatric office. It involves a great deal of stress on the plantar fascia that runs along the arch of your foot and below your heel. Many times with this condition, your first step out of bed in the morning is very painful. Getting out of the car or standing up after being seated for lunch or dinner can also be difficult due to pain in your heel.
- Plantar Warts — Plantar warts often appear as hard, callus-like bumps with scattered dark dots. Removing a plantar wart can be done by simply burning or drying the affected area. We can also surgically remove the wart.
- Ingrown Toenails — An ingrown toenail occurs when your nail is not flat, but rather curved on the side. It often results in your nail pressing into the surrounding flesh or putting pressure on your skin. Walking or putting shoes on, especially a high-heeled or dress shoe, puts pressure on your toes and pinches your skin. This pressure on your nail can become painful. Slowly but surely your nail may start to cut into your flesh, and as it does, swelling and pain can develop. The area can get red and sensitive to touch, which makes it difficult to wear closed-toe shoes. An ingrown toenail is also known as onychia or paronychia.