Common Conditions

Foot Pain

One of the most essential parts of your body is, arguably, your feet. It’s what keeps you upright and mobile on a daily basis, and enables you to enjoy your daily activities such as walking, working, sports and play. However, you may not think about your feet until they begin to hurt. When that does happen, you want relief. To get the right treatment, you need to know the problem. The first thing to consider is where your pain is located.

 

Heel Pain

If you have heel pain, it could be that you have plantar fasciitis. It is a condition where the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. Generally, this pain is first felt in the morning when getting out of bed. Patients often feel this pain in the heel or arch. To ease the pain of plantar fasciitis, there are a couple of things you can do which generally help:

  • Wear cushioned shoes with good arch support
  • Take over the counter pain relievers

However there are over 40 possible diagnoses for heel pain. So if you are suffering, it’s best to have your feet examined by a Podiatrist. We can properly assess the condition and ensure that you receive the best possible treatment. We have invested substantially at our clinic to ensure we have the best knowledge and equipment to help you with your heel pain.

Pain in the ball of the foot

Pain in the ball of your foot could be down to several reasons, whether you simply overextended yourself while exercising and injured your foot or its something more severe like osteoarthritis or Morton’s neuroma. You should have your feet examined by a Podiatrist to ensure that you get the correct diagnosis and are receiving the best treatment. 

A neuroma is a nerve swelling/cyst between the bases of the toes, most often between the third and fourth toe (it is labelled Morton’s neuroma in this location). The main symptom is pain and a slight numbness, most often felt on the ball of your foot and radiating into the toes. You are more likely to get it if you wear high heels or tight shoes.

 

Arch Pain

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of arch pain. It can affect your heel, your arch, or both. Treatment is the same no matter where the pain is located. If you have persistent plantar fasciitis, there are lots of treatments available to help including shockwave therapy, high intensity laser therapy, steroid injections, functional foot orthoses, and rehabilitation programmes. However, you will need to see a Podiatrist for complete treatment.

If you’re experiencing foot pain in the arch of your foot, it could be exascerbated if your arches are flat. It can be helped by using shoe inserts (orthoses). Taking time to rest and ice the area sometimes helps to ease the pain. Surgery is very rarely needed. If you are suffering from foot pain, you can use our handy guide to try and find your foot pain.

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Jonathan Small Podiatrist at Health First Foot & Gait Clinic Southam

 

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Toe Pain

If you’re experiencing toe pain, it could be down to one of several factors; some of the most common are:

Bunions – A bunion is a bony protrusion that sometimes occurs near the base of the big toe. It’s associated with misalignment of the first toe joint. Bunions tend to run in the family, meaning they are hereditary; however, they can happen to anyone, but it will often affect people who wear ill-fitting or uncomfortable shoes. 

Hammertoes – A hammertoe is when one of your toes bends in the middle. It is often caused by a muscle imbalance, but, like many other foot related issues, it can also be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes.

Claw toe is when your toe cannot straighten and points downwards. This often occurs as the result of a nerve disorder from diseases such as diabetes or alcoholism, which weaken the muscles in your foot. As a result, you may develop calluses on your feet and experience irritation when wearing shoes that don’t accommodate your condition.

Ingrown Toenails – An ingrown toenail is when the nail irritates or penetrates the skin around it on one or both sides of the toenail. The condition can be very painful and lead to infections on the toe; it’s important to have your feet examined as soon as possible if you feel like you could be suffering from an ingrown toenail. 

Many other problems could be causing you to experience pain in your toes; these are just some of the most common. If you are suffering from pain in your toe or foot, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Corns, Calluses And Verrucas 

A callus is a thick skin buildup caused by pressure or irritation in the foot or toe. Corns sometimes look like horns, while calluses are more expansive areas of skin buildup on the toes or feet. 

Verrucas are small lumps or growths in your skin. They are caused by the human papillomavirus and are very contagious. Children and young adults are most likely to get one because of their high state of contact with others. They can often be found in pools, changing rooms, and schools; because of this, it’s imperative to try not to be barefoot in public spaces. 

Verrucas come in different shapes and sizes and sometimes have black dots in them. They may be painful when you walk on them. Verrucas on the sole of the foot tend to look flat because of pressure put on them. There are a few different types such as mosaic warts.


A patient with verrucae on their toes and feet

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