Common Foot Conditions: What you Need to Know
There are many common foot conditions that can affect your day-to-day life and leave you in significant pain and discomfort.
Do you suffer from painful feet or lower limb conditions? East Gosford Podiatry, a comprehensive podiatry practice conveniently located in East Gosford, is here to help. We have been treating feet and lower limbs on the Central Coast since 2004, and we provide care for people of all ages – from young children to the elderly.
At East Gosford Podiatry, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy feet and lower limbs. Foot conditions can range from minor aches and pains to debilitating conditions that require surgery. Understanding some of the most common foot conditions can help you stay on top of your foot health and seek treatment when necessary. Here are some of the most common foot conditions we treat including plantar fasciitis, bunions, calluses, corns, ingrown toenails, flat feet and fungal toenails.
What is the most common problem treated by a podiatrist?
One of the most common problems treated by a podiatrist is heel pain otherwise known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition causes sharp pain in the heel or arch of the foot and is often worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of standing or walking. Podiatrists are experts in diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis, and they can provide a range of treatments, including custom orthotics, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery. By seeking the help of a podiatrist, individuals with plantar fasciitis can alleviate their symptoms and improve their overall foot health.
Common Foot Conditions
Your feet are your foundation, and when they hurt, it can affect your daily life. Foot conditions can range from minor aches and pains to debilitating conditions that require surgery. Understanding some of the most common foot conditions can help you stay on top of your foot health and seek treatment when necessary. Some of the most common foot conditions that we see and treat here at East Gosford Podiatry include:
This is a painful condition that affects the bottom of the foot, specifically the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. It can cause sharp pain in the heel or arch of the foot and is often worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of standing or walking.
A bunion is a painful bony bump that forms on the side of the big toe joint. It can cause the big toe to turn inward and crowd the other toes, leading to pain and discomfort.
Calluses are thickened areas of skin that form as a result of repeated friction or pressure. They most commonly occur on the feet, particularly on the soles and toes.
Corns are small, round areas of thickened skin that form as a result of friction or pressure. They typically occur on the toes or the tops of the feet.
Ingrown toenails occur when the edges of a toenail grow into the surrounding skin, causing pain and inflammation. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including tight shoes, improper nail trimming, and genetics.
Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, is a condition in which the arch of the foot collapses, causing the entire sole of the foot to come into contact with the ground. This can lead to pain, discomfort, and instability.
Fungal toenails are a common condition in which a fungal infection affects the toenails, causing thickening, discoloration, and separation from the nail bed.
These are just a few of the types of foot conditions that people commonly experience and that our Central Coast Podiatrists commonly treat. It’s important to make an appointment with us if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your feet. Our experienced podiatrists can provide a proper diagnosis, create a personalised treatment plan, and help you get back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible.