Foot pain and problems are very common, and many people experience some form of them during their lifetime. The pain can occur in the toes, the ball of the foot, the arch, the instep, the sole, the heel, and the ankle.
In addition to bones, the feet and ankles contain a range of joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue. The parts of the foot work together to provide balance, support and mobility.
Common causes for foot pain include fractures, sprains, strains, flat feet, bunions, corns, blisters, ingrown toenails, gout, plantar fasciitis, and Morton's neuroma. The foot can also be affected by medical conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and tendonitis.
Foot pain can vary from a mild ache, to a severe stabbing, throbbing, and burning pain. It tends to increase with age, and any problem in the foot can cause pain and problems elsewhere in the body, such as in the knees, hips and back.
To prevent foot pain, wear properly fitted shoes with adequate cushioning, arch support, and room at the ball of the foot and the toes. Maintaining a healthy weight may help prevent foot pain. Warming up properly during exercise, stretching adequately, and cooling down afterward may also reduce the risk for developing foot pain.
If you have any type of foot pain or problems, the foot and ankle team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group can help you find relief.