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If you notice pain or discomfort at the bottom of your heel, especially with your first step in the morning, you might have plantar fasciitis (fash-ee-EYE-tis). It is caused by the shortening of a band in the bottom of your foot.
Nails can become infected by fungal organism when there is prior injury to the nail or in the dark, moist and warm environment of shoes. Fungal nails may be discolored (yellowish-brown or opaque), thick, brittle and separated from the nail bed. Known as onychomycosis, this can cause discomfort, pain and possibly disfigurement in the feet.
Pain on the heel is a common foot and ankle problem. Conditions like plantar fasciitis, bone spurs and Achilles tendonitis cause discomfort on the back or underside of the heel and make walking uncomfortable.
Neuropathy: Diabetic Foot Care
If you have diabetes or blood vessel disease, it is important to take care of your feet and talk to your doctor about any foot problems you are having. Diabetes can often result in nerve damage in the feet, also called neuropathy. This nerve damage can feel like pain in your feet as well as tingling, burning, numbness or an inability to feel hot and cold in the toes. These conditions could lead to diabetic foot ulcers if not attended to by your podiatrist.
Foot pain can have causes ranging from poorly fitting shoes and prolonged periods on your feet to issues related to underlying health concerns. If you are experiencing pain that involves any of the bones, ligaments or tendons of the feet, make an appointment to speak with us today.
Ingrown toenails are a common condition typically occurring when the nails are improperly trimmed or when a person wears poorly fitting shoes. The edge of the nail cuts into the skin causing redness, swelling, pain, drainage, infection and difficulty walking.