Foot pain

Regular foot pains, sore feet and plantar fasciitis shouldn’t be ignored. Instep Podiatry can provide comprehensive assessments to help you better understand the source of your pain.

Sore feet or foot pain can be caused by the simplest of things right through to the very complex. This is because the foot is made up of many bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles all within an extremely small structure, and one that has a lot of stress placed on it daily. Our trained podiatrists truly understand the complexities of feet and can accurately identify, track the source of your sore feet and foot pains.

Sore feet and foot pain may be caused by:

  • Plantar Fasciitis:
    This occurs when the long, flat ligament on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) is overburdened and stressed, developing small tears or becoming inflamed. The foot pain is most commonly felt in the mornings and after rest, and improves as the foot warms up.People who spend large amounts of time each day on their feet are at risk. It is also common in people who spend all day sitting down (for example, office workers) who then do some form of exercise immediately after this prolonged period of rest.
  • Heel Spurs:
    These cause pain in the heel when a bony growth develops under or attached to the heel. The growth usually can’t be felt but causes foot pain and discomfort when placing weight on the heel while standing, walking or running.
  • Sesamoiditis:
    This is an inflammation of the small circular bones, the sesamoids, under the big toe joint that become irritated and inflamed. Common symptoms usually felt are slight aches that increase slowly and steadily to become throbbing pains, with swelling and redness around the area.
  • Morton’s Neuroma:
    This is a pain or ache in the ball of the foot that is often aggravated by wearing shoes. It also often causes numbness and tingling in the toes, most typically in the middle toes. The main cause is abnormal rolling of the foot when walking or running and responds well to an appropriate orthotic to correct the abnormal foot function.
  • Bunions:
    These are deformities of the big toe joint with a large hard bump on the side and the big toe pushing towards the second toe. Bunions are caused by arch collapse and if treatments such as orthotics are started early, are easier to treat without surgery.
  • Metatarsalgia:
    This is stress related foot pain that occurs in the ball of the foot when standing or walking, resulting in the inflammation of the metatarsal heads most commonly the second. There are similar symptoms in the ball of the foot that are related to other conditions, so accurate diagnosis is essential. Analysis of walking style, and the most frequently worn footwear, and prescribing orthotics are successful treatments.

All of the above conditions are typically more prominent in middle aged women, but are also commonly found in people who are active, overweight or on their feet for prolonged periods of time. Using orthotics designed for your individual situation, Instep Podiatry has an extensive history in diagnosing and treating these and other foot problems that cause foot pain.

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