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Foot Pain - Causes - Symptoms - Diagnosis - Treatment - Pain Relief

Information on foot pain, arthritis, conditions, causes, diagnosis, symptoms, pain relief, prevention, surgery and other treatment options. Each foot is made up of 33 separate joints. Foot pain is often hard to avoid due to the large weight-bearing load placed on them.
  1. A - Z: Joint Pain
  2. A - Z: Natural Therapies
  3. A - Z: Pain Relief
  4. A - Z: Sports Injury
  5. A - Z: Surgery
  6. A - Z: Treatments
  7. Ankle Pain
  8. Joint Protection
  9. Toe Pain

Foot Pain What You Should Know
Foot pain may be caused by several common ailments. Arthritis of the foot is just one condition that causes foot pain.

Skechers Go Walk - Great Shoe for People With Arthritis
Finding comfortable shoes is difficult with arthritis. Skechers Go Walk shoes are amazing. Read my review.

Foot Orthotics - What You Need to Know
Foot orthotics are shoe inserts designed to relieve foot pain and improve foot function.

Flip-Flops Can Cause Joint and Orthopedic Problems
Flip-flops are a part of the summer scene. While they may be stylish and initially comfortable, flip-flops may actually cause problems for your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back. How could a little pair of shoes do so much harm?

Foot Care - Guide To Foot Care and Common Foot Problems
Learn more with this guide to foot care and common foot problems.

Top Foot Supports - Foot Insoles And Cushions
Walking can aggravate painful arthritis in the feet. Insoles and cushions for the feet can offer additional support and provide comfort.

Top Foot Spa / Foot Baths
A luxurious soak in a warm foot spa / foot bath helps relieve aches and pains. Great for arthritics!

An In-Depth Report: Foot Pain
An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot pain.

Foot pain causes
What causes foot pain?

Corns and calluses
Corns and calluses are thickened layers of skin caused by repeated pressure or friction, usually on the feet or hands. Deformity from arthritis can provoke their formation. (Illustrations)

Pes planus - Flat feet - Fallen arches
Pes planus is a condition where the arch or instep of the foot collapses and comes in contact with the ground. In some individuals, this arch never develops.

High arch
High arch, or pes cavus, is when the toe-to-heel arch of the foot is excessively elevated. High arch is the opposite of flat feet.

Foot Swelling (Peripheral edema) - Swelling of the Feet
Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly in older people. It may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. Because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations.

Foot swelling (Image)
The abnormal buildup of fluid in the body is called edema. Edema is commonly seen in the feet and ankles, because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations. Common causes of edema are prolonged standing, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, being overweight, and increase in age.

What Are Osteophytes (Bone Spurs)?
Osteophytes, also referred to as bone spurs, develop in joints damaged by arthritis (including the foot).

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people. Injury, occupation, excess weight, and genetics are among the factors which cause the cartilage of a joint to wear away. Take our Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz.

The Pain Relief Quiz
How much do you know about relieving pain? Pain serves as the signal that something is wrong in the body. There are many pain relieving techniques which can be tried. Do you know about the various pain treatment options? Take the Pain Relief Quiz.

The Pain Quiz - Acute vs. Chronic Pain
There's more to know about pain than the fact that it hurts. Do you know the difference between acute and chronic pain? Do men and women respond to pain differently? How many older people take a painkiller on a regular basis? What is R.I.C.E.? Are there any non-drug pain relievers? How much do you know about pain?

Heel Pain
The most frequent causes of heel pain are not single injuries, such as a fall or twist, but repetitive or excessive heel pounding.

Plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick connective tissue on the sole of your foot that attaches to your heel. The pain is usually felt at the bottom of your heel and is often worse in the morning because of stiffness that occurs overnight.

Plantar fasciitis (Image)
Inflammation (irritation and swelling with presence of extra immune cells) of the plantar fascia can cause heel pain and make walking difficult. Some risk factors for development of this problem include foot arch problems (both flat foot and high arches), obesity, sudden weight gain, running and a tight Achilles tendon.

Plantar fascia (Image)
The plantar fascia is a very thick band of tissue that covers the bones on the bottom of the foot. It extends from the heel to the bones of the ball of the foot and acts like a rubber band to create tension which maintains the archof the foot. If the band is long it allows the arch of the foot to be low, which is most commonly known as having a flat foot. A short band of tissue causes a high arch.

Top Paraffin Wax Baths
Immerse your hands in hot wax and soothe away arthritis aches and pains. Some paraffin wax spas accommodate feet and elbows too.

Gout Screening Quiz
Gout is one of the most painful types of arthritis. Do you have symptoms which are associated with gout? Do you have a lifestyle which increases the risk factors associated with gout? Take our Gout Screening Quiz.

Tenosynovitis - Inflammation of the tendon sheath
Tenosynovitis is inflammation of the lining of the sheath that surrounds a tendon (the cord that joins muscle to bone). The wrists, hands, and feet are areas that are commonly affected, although it may occur with any tendon sheath.

20 Tips To Help You Prepare For Surgery
If an arthritis patient can go into joint replacement surgery with a sense of preparedness and peace of mind, the chance of a successful outcome increases. Here are 20 tips to help you get ready.

Achilles tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of the Achilles tendon (the tendon that connects the muscles of the calf to the heel).

Inflammed achilles tendon (Image)
An inflammed or torn achilles tendon causes intense pain and affects mobility.

Retrocalcaneal bursitis
Retrocalcaneal bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa at the back of the heel bone (calcaneus). This causes pain with up-and-down movements of the foot.

Spasms - Foot
Spasms are contractions of the hands, thumbs, feet, or toes that are sometimes seen with muscle cramps, twitching, and convulsions (tetany). They can be severe and painful.

Claw Foot - Claw Toes
Claw foot is a deformity of the toes in which the toe joint nearest the foot is bent upward (from contracture) and the other toe joints bend downward.

Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a common problem that causes pain under the heel bone and in the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is an irritation to the tough, fibrous tissue that forms the arch of the foot. Patients with plantar fasciitis complain of pain under the heel with lengthy walks and prolonged standing.

A clubfoot is a foot disorder where the foot turns inward and downward at birth (and remains tight in this position, resisting realignment).

Club foot repair - Foot tendon release
Club foot repair is surgical correction of a birth defect of the foot and ankle.

Foot Problems - Common Foot Problems
A guide to common foot problems.

Sciatica - Sciatic nerve dysfunction
Sciatica is a condition involving impaired movement and/or sensation in the leg, it occurs when there is damage to the sciatic nerve, located in the back of the leg. Sciatica is a form of peripheral neuropathy. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg and the sole of the foot.

Athlete's foot
Athlete's foot is an infection of the feet caused by fungus. The medical term is tinea pedis. Once you have athlete's foot, it may last for a short or long time and may come back after treatment, especially if you are not careful.

Common peroneal nerve dysfunction
Common peroneal nerve dysfunction is a disorder caused by damage to the peroneal nerve, characterized by loss of movement or sensation in the foot and leg.

Metatarsus adductus - (Metatarsus varus - Forefoot varus)
Metatarsus adductus is a foot deformity characterized by an inward bending of the front half of the foot.

Metatarsal Stress Fracture (March Fracture)
A metatarsal stress fracture is a common cause of foot pain, especially when people suddenly increase their activities. This type of injury, notorious in soldier recruits, is also called a "march fracture."

Fifth Metatarsal Fractures
The fifth metatarsal is the bone that runs from the midfoot to the base of small toe. The proximal end of the fifth metatarsal is easily felt as the bump over the outside part of the midfoot. This part of the bone is prone to injury. Three types of fractures occur here, and all have different treatment implications. It is important to determine which type of fracture for proper treatment.

Diabetes foot care
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems because complications of the disease can damage their blood vessels and nerves. This, in turn, may make you less able to sense injury or pressure on the foot. A foot injury may go unnoticed until severe infection develops.

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