By the age of 50, most people will have traveled 75,000 miles on their feet. In light of this, foot problems are a common occurrence that affects more than 75% of Americans at one time or another. Many foot and ankle problems develop as a result of injuries, congenital defects, degenerative diseases, impact, stress, and ill-fitting footwear; they can occur while walking, standing, working, running, and playing sports.
It is important to have all foot and ankle injuries properly diagnosed and treated by a [term=’podiatrist’]podiatrist[/term] as soon as discomfort or a change in the foot or ankle is detected in order to reduce pain and the chances of developing permanent damage and future health problems. Issues with the feet and ankles can be symptoms of a serious underlying health problem, such as cardiovascular disease and [term=’diabetes-and-your-feet’]diabetes[/term].
Here is a list of common sources of foot pain and discomfort:
- [term=’bunions’]Bunions[/term], [term=’calluses’]calluses[/term], and [term=’corns’]corns[/term]
- Flat feet
- Fungal problems
- [term=’heel-spurs’]Heel spurs[/term] and [term=’plantar-fasciitis’]plantar fasciitis[/term]
- Ill-fitting footwear
- Improper [term=’basic-foot-care-guidelines’]foot care[/term]
- [term=’ingrown-toenails’]Ingrown toenails[/term]
- [term=’ankle-sprain’]Sprains[/term] and [term=’fractures’]fractures[/term]
- Toe deformities
- Vascular and nerve problems