Foot Pain Treatment in Birmingham, AL
Here at Complete Feet, we’re committed to treating a wide range of foot pain through custom orthotics and more. Foot pain can stem from many different things, but here are some of the most common causes.
Hallux Valgus (Bunions)
Common deformities of the foot, bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. This bump reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. Bunions throw the bones out of alignment, which causes pain. They’re progressive, and won’t go away with time.
A Morton’s neuroma occurs between the third, and fourth toes and is the thickening of nerve tissue as a result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression leads to enlargement of the nerve, which can lead to permanent nerve damage. It can cause pain and a tingling or burning sensation in the foot.
Shin splint is a term used to describe pain and swelling in the front of the lower legs. It can be aggravated by repetitive activities like running or walking. Common causes are often flat feet, calf tightness, improper training techniques, improper shoes, and walking or running on uneven surfaces.
Calluses and Corns
Calluses and corns are small areas of thick, raised, hardened skin on the foot that cause pain. They develop from excess friction or pressure, often caused by ill-fitting shoes.
Sesamoiditis is a common ailment that affects the forefoot, typically seen in people that engage in physical activities like running or dancing. It’s most commonly associated with pain in the ball of the foot.
Hammertoe is a bending of one or both of the second, third, fourth, and fifth toes. This abnormal bending puts pressure on the toes when wearing shoes, causing developmental problems. They are progressive and need early attention.
This is when the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. It may develop from activities like running or by wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Turf toe is the sprain of the big toe joint resulting from a sports injury. It typically results from excessive upward bending of the big toe joint. It is most commonly reported in football, soccer, and basketball players.
Freiberg’s infraction is an osteochondrosis of the second metatarsal head in the foot. This means that you’ll probably experience pain under the second ball of your foot. There may be a callous in this area as well.
Arthritis pain in the foot is caused by the breakdown and loss of cartilage in the bones of the feet. Without this cartilage, there is nothing to cushion the bone during movement, making it painful to move the feet.
Ulcers are open sores in the skin that occur when outer layers are injured, and deeper tissues become exposed. They’re commonly seen in diabetic or bedridden patients.
Toe/Partial Foot Amputations
Amputations can occur if foot problems go untreated. Poor circulation and nerve damage can lead to a host of infections and foot deformities that must be treated to avoid amputations.
Diabetes can affect the feet by causing nerve damage and poor circulation. A foot care professional can help you develop a care routine that will prevent smaller problems from getting worse.
Contact us today if you’re ready to start treating your foot pain and get back to leading a full life!