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The sesamoids are two small bones underneath the big joint of the foot. Sesamoiditis is a painful inflammatory condition affecting these two bones and their surrounding tissues. It usually presents as pain under the big toe joint of the foot and worsens with weight bearing activities. It is a manageable condition that your podiatrist can treat.
The posterior tibial tendon originates in the deep calf muscles at the back of your leg and runs alongside the inside of the ankle and down the instep of the foot to the arch. This tendon is one of the main supporting structures of the arch of the foot.
Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) occurs when this tendon is inflamed by stretching or tearing, resulting in a collapse of the arch of the foot. It is a common adulthood condition which presents with pain and swelling of the inside of the ankle, tenderness of the midfoot during activities, a weakness or inability to stand on the toes and a progressive collapse or flattening of the arch of the foot. It is a manageable condition that your podiatrist can treat.
Sever’s disease, is otherwise known as calcaneal apophysitis, is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel of growing children and adolescents. The condition presents as pain in the heel and is caused by repetitive stress to the heel.
It is particularly common in active children and usually resolves when the bone has completed growth or activity is lessened. It is a manageable condition that your podiatrist can treat.
Morton’s neuroma is a condition that affects one of the nerves that runs between the long bones in the foot. The symptoms of this condition include pain, burning, numbness and tingling between two of the toes of the foot. It is a manageable condition that your podiatrist can treat.
A bunion is a deformity of the big toe joint of the foot and is referred to by podiatrists as a hallux abducto valgus. The most common symptoms associated with bunions include irritated skin around the bunion, pain when walking, joint redness and pain, and possible shifting of the big toe toward the other toes.
Blisters may form more easily around the site of the bunion as well. Having bunions can also make it difficult to find shoes that fit properly. It is a manageable condition that your podiatrist can treat.
Flat feet are also known as pes planus or fallen arches). It is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse and come into contact with the ground. It is a common and usually painless condition. It can occur when the arches don’t develop during childhood and in other cases, flatfeet develop after an injury or from the stresses of age.
Flatfeet can sometimes contribute to problems in other parts of the body such as your ankles and knees as the condition can alter the alignment of the lower limbs. It is a manageable condition that your podiatrist can treat.
The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band from the heel bone into the ball of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of this thick fibrous band and is commonly caused by repeated overstretching of the tissue.
It is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain, which is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest. Pain is also frequently brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin and may be worsened by a tight Achilles tendon. It is a manageable condition that your podiatrist can treat.