Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston treats patient off all ages, from pediatric to active seniors, for a variety of foot and ankle problems. In many cases, these people suffer with their feet problems for much too long. Foot pain is never normal! Waiting to treat the pain in your feet will cause your condition to worsen.
Foot pain is very common. The American Podiatric Medical Association estimates that 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. I am often asked what are the top foot problems I see in my Houston podiatry office. The following are seven common foot issues I regularly see:
- Plantar Fasciitis - A painful inflammation of the ligament that attaches to the heel and supports your arch. This generally causes heel pain and arch pain. Waiting too long can cause the pain to stop you from exercising.
- Morton's Neuroma - An inflammation of a nerve in the ball of your foot. The pain feels worse when wearing tight shoes, especially in high heels. Treatment for the neuroma is usually successful in eliminating the pain quickly.
- Bunion - A bunion is a painful bump on the side of the great toe joint. While the cause of the bunion is often hereditary, the bunion can often be controlled and treated if it is caught early. If allowed to become large and painful, it will limit the shoes you will be able to fit into and may require surgery.
- Hammertoes - The smaller toes can have the tendency of buckling and becoming crooked. This is called a hammertoe. While shoes that don't fit well can contribute to it, it is usually do to inherited mechanics. Pressure on the toes can also cause painful corns and calluses to form.
- Ingrown Toenails - Toenails can dig into the skin and cause inflammation and infection resulting in extreme pain. These can be caused by improperly cutting the nail, a natural curving of the nails, or simply the inherited tendincy to developing ingrown nail problems.
- Heel Spur - A heel spur is a piece of bone that grows beneath the heel bone. It forms because of constant strain on the bone from the ligament that is attached to it. It is commonly confused with plantar fasciitis as the cause of heel pain. The spur usually does not have to be removed.
- Toenail Fungus - If your nails are thickened, discolored, crumbly, and simply unattractive, you may have a fungus infection of your toenails. While many think this condition is purely cosmetic, it can spread and cause an Athlete's foot infection.
If you are experiencing one or more of these conditions contact Dr. Andrew Schneider for a thorough evaluation to identify the best treatment for your condition.