(inflammation of the plantar fascia) is the most common cause of heel pain seen
by a podiatrist. It is common in several sub-groups of people, including
runners and other athletes, people who have jobs that require a fair amount of
walking or standing (especially if it is done on a hard surface), and in some
cases it is seen in people who have put on weight -- either by dietary
indiscretion or pregnancy.
The plantar fascia is
a broad ligament-like structure that extends from the heel bone to the base of
the toes, acting like a thick rubber band on the bottom arch of the foot. With a
few extra pounds on board, or with activities such as exercise, the plantar
fascia can develop microtrauma at its insertion into the heel bone, or anywhere
along its length. This causes pain which can be quite severe at times.
One disturbing fact
about plantar fasciitis is that it sometimes takes many months to resolve.
Indeed, it takes approximately 6 months for 75% of people to recover from this
problem. The sooner treatment is started the sooner you will feel relief.
An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the corner or side of
one of your toenails grows into the soft flesh of that toe. The result
is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. An ingrown
toenail usually affects your big toe.
Often you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own. If the pain is
severe or spreading, however, your doctor can take steps to relieve your
discomfort and help you avoid complications of an ingrown toenail.
If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor circulation
to your feet, you're at greater risk of complications from an ingrown
Bone spurs are bony projections that develop along the edges of bones.
Also called osteophytes, bone spurs often form where bones meet each
other — in your joints. Bone spurs can also form on the bones of your
The main cause of bone spurs is the wear-and-tear damage associated with
osteoarthritis. Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and may go undetected
for years. Bone spurs may not require treatment. Decisions about
treatment depend on where spurs are located and how they affect your
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have
diabetes. High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout your
body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and
feet, therefore a podiatrist is the person you need to evaluate and treat this condition..
Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can
range from pain and numbness in your extremities to problems with your
digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. For some
people, these symptoms are mild; for others, diabetic neuropathy can be
painful, disabling and even fatal.
Diabetic neuropathy is a common serious complication of diabetes. Yet
you can often prevent diabetic neuropathy or slow its progress with
tight blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle.
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