Pain is a sign telling the brain that something is wrong in the body. When you are experiencing pain in the foot or ankle, there are many potential causes that may be addressed with the attention of a podiatrist. To help you better understand the likely source of your pain, some common disorders are listed below.
- Bunions: A bunion develops when the big toe begins to point inward towards the other toes. As the problem worsens, it will cause the bone to protrude outward on the side of the foot, and shoes can become incredibly uncomfortable. Pain is typically present in the joint of the big toe and on the skin, which can become red and blistered.
- Hammer toes: This condition is visually noticeable because it causes the toes to curl. It occurs when the muscles in the toes are forced to bend for long periods of time due to improper footwear. The tendons shorten and restrict muscle movement, causing pain in the toes and upper foot.
- Arthritis: Inflammation of the joints related to arthritis can be especially painful in the feet where there tends to be more pressure on the surrounding muscles. The pain will usually be worst in the morning, and it is typically accompanied by stiffness.
- Plantar fasciitis: This painful condition is the inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the arch of the foot. It tends to be the result of overuse, and it is most often seen in active men between the ages of 40 and 70.
For more help getting to the root of your foot pain, visit Village Podiatry in one of our 28 Atlanta-area offices. Schedule an appointment with us on our website or by calling us at (678) 372-1835.