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Most Common Ailments Seen Are:
A neuroma is a painful growth of nerve tissue in the foot - most often between the third and fourth toe bones. It forms when bones in the feet press together and irritate a nerve. This may be caused by wearing tight or poor fitting shoes, or repeated stress on the foot. Neuromas often form in women who wear high heels frequently. Neuromas can also be formed from injury or deformity
The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band running from your heel to the ball of your foot. This band pulls on the heel bone, raising the arch of your foot as it pushes off the ground. If your foot moves incorrectly, the plantar fascia may become strained. The fascia may swell and its tiny fibers may begin to fray.
Ingrown nails are the result of a nail growing into the skin that surrounds it. This problem often occurs at either edge of the big toe. Abnormally thick or crumbling nails may be caused by injuries, pressure from shoes or fungal infections. Black and blue nails are caused by a sudden or repetitive injury to a toe. This can occur from running, stopping quickly or a heavy object falling on the toe.
Warts are an infection caused by a virus, which can invade your skin through small cuts or breaks. Over time the wart develops into a hard, rough growth on the surface of the skin. Warts are commonly seen on the bottom of the foot (plantar wart), but can also be seen on the top. Children, teens and people with allergies are most vulnerable.
A bunion is excess or misaligned bone in the joint and is one of the most common big toe problems. In addition to causing pain, a bunion changes the shape of your foot, making it harder to find shoes that fit. Positional bunions arise from the growth of new bone. Structural bunions occur when the angle between the big and second toe is greater than normal.
Corns & Calluses
A corn or callus is a thickening of the outer layer of skin on your foot. Corns usually grow on top of the foot, calluses spread on the bottom of the foot or outer edge of a toe or the heel.
Hammer toes describe a buckling of any of the toe joints. Joints at the end or middle of the toe, as well as the joint near the ball of the foot may be affected. Toe joints usually curl because of a muscle imbalance or tight tendons. Hammer toes vary in the severity and the number of joints and toes involved.
When you use a set of muscles too much, you're likely to strain the tendons (soft tissues) that connect those muscles to your bones. At first, pain or swelling may come and go quickly. But if you do too much too soon, your muscles may overtire again. The strain may cause a tendon's outer covering to swell or small fibers in a tendon to pull apart.
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