FOOT FACTS Your age, gender and overall health can impact your feet.
Here are a few conditions to watch out for.
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- Morton's neuroma – thick nerve tissue in the ball of the foot (can be from wearing high heels)
- Bunions – a gradual change in the angle of the bone beginning at the big toe (may or may not require surgery)
- Heel pain and plantar fasciitis – pain can be caused by wearing non-supportive shoes such as flip-flops and ballet flats
- Hallux rigidus - painful stiffening of the big toe joint (can be from overuse)
- Tendonitis or tendonosis of the Achilles tendon (common among weekend athletes and manual laborers)
- Broken toes – see a doctor so serious complications do not develop
- Flatfoot – can result in awkward running and trouble with sports (specialists can help)
- Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever's disease) – a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate at the back of the heel
- Ingrown toenails – result of tight shoes or socks or incorrect nail trimming (can result in serious infections)
- Plantar warts – warts on the bottom of the foot caused by the human papilloma virus (doctor may be required to remove large ones)
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) - develops over a long period of time. Minor foot problems can become very serious and lead to amputations.
- Charcot foot – a weakening of the bones in the foot. The joints can eventually collapse and the foot takes on an abnormal shape.