My Foot Problem

Common Foot Conditions

The human foot contains 26 bones (plus two sesamoids and sometimes accessory bones), 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons made of firm and resilient fibrous tissue that keeps all of the moving parts together. Not to mention, the foot also has more sweat glands than any other part of the body. 

We think that the human foot is an absolute marvel of human evolution, capable of handling huge amounts of force and pressure every day. The essential parts of the foot work together harmoniously to get you where you need to go. However, this means that your feet bear all the weight and stress of carrying you around day in and day out, and this naturally puts you at a high risk of injuring your feet. 

Whether that's relatively simple things like a verruca, corn or fungal infection, or more complex foot problems, you shouldn't ignore what your feet are telling you. Several different issues can cause foot problems; it could be something as simple as stubbing your toe to something more composite like your natural walking gait. If you are suffering from foot problems, you should first have a professional foot examination by a podiatrist like ourselves.

Foot Pain

Corns and callouses can cause foot pain. So can trapped nerves, neuromas, blisters, inflamed joints and stress fractures.

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Heel Pain

Are you experiencing heel pain? There could be a number of causes, the most common of which is plantar fasciitis.

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Shin Splints

Do your shins ache when running? Ankle pain, knee, hip, back or even neck pain can be caused by shin splints.

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Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common condition in which the skin on the back of your heel will become dry, lose its elasticity and crack apart. This can be very uncomfortable and painful and, in the worst cases, cause bleeding or even lead to infection. To continue reading about cracked heels, take a look at our blog.

Fungal Infections

A fungal infection of the foot is most often caused by a group of fungi called Dermatophytes. They thrive in warm and moist environments, in which they can multiply and cause further conditions such as athletes' foot.

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Toe Problems

Toe problems come in many different forms, whether it be bunions, hammertoes, neuropathy or toe fungus. They cause discomfort and can make it difficult to choose footwear that doesn't cause pain. If you are having any form of a toe problem, you should visit a podiatrist as soon as possible. Catching the problem earlier will often make it easier to treat and will greatly improve your life.

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Nail Problems

One of the most common foot problems that we see at Health First Foot & Gait Clinic is ingrowing toenails. These can be extremely painful if left untreated and could lead to further issues such as infection. Take a look at our blog to learn more about ingrown toenails and other potential nail conditions such as fungal nails.


Verrucas are a form of highly contagious viral wart, typically found on the soles of the feet and caused by the Human Papillomavirus. They look like small, often rough lumps or growth on the skin. Many people will get one in their lives; however, they are most common among children and young adults. Learn more about verrucas here.


Calluses and corns are a type of thickened skin that occurs due to pressure or friction. While often painless themselves, a corn or callus can cause quite a lot of discomfort, not to mention if left untreated, they could become infected and consequently become very painful.

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