Orthotics are more than just a heel pad or shoe insert you can buy at most athletic stores. They’re highly customized shoe or heel inserts made for your feet. Your doctor will only recommend an orthotic if an off-the-shelf device or other treatments, such as exercises at home, haven’t proven effective.
While weight-bearing stress is typically distributed across the entire foot in people with normal arches, those with high arches carry their weight mainly on the heels and balls of the feet. This places undue stress on the toes and ankles, leading to pain and instability.
The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles at the back of the ankle. Pain in this tendon can result from a tear or rupture of the tendon or from tendinitis, which doctors may also refer to as tendinosis or tendinopathy.
Most people with flat feet don't experience serious problems related to their condition. Unfortunately, for some, it can cause disabling foot pain
A person's ankle may hurt for many reasons, from minor injuries to chronic medical conditions such as arthritis.
Bunions are a symptom of a progressive bone disorder. They appear as a bony bump at the base of the big toe joint.
A bruised heel happens when an injury crushes blood vessels in the muscles and soft tissue of the heel. Repetitive movements and overuse injuries, such as from jogging in ill-fitting shoes, can cause this bruising. In most cases, elevation, ice, and rest can ease the pain.
Most runners are enthusiastic about their sport and take steps to work out safely. But injuries like stress fractures and muscle strains, among others, are common and can sideline you, sometimes for weeks if not months.
Foot cramps are a type of muscle cramp that occurs most often either in the arch of the foot, near the toes, or on the upper part of the foot. People can try a range of remedies and treatments to relieve foot cramps.
You have most likely seen someone with, or experience your own misshapen, arched second toe, and not realized it’s a prevalent foot condition. Hammertoe is a deformity in which one or more of the small toes develops a bend at the joint making the toe bend downward to look like a hammer.