Common Foot
Problems and Treatments

Our Feet are nothing short of biomechanical masterpieces. Offering strength, flexibility, and a foundation for the entire body, we often take our feet for granted. The components within the feet work together and take on a significant amount of stress. Simply taking a walk can combine tons of weight-bearing on all the individual components, so it’s unsurprising to learn that the feet are more susceptible to injury than any other part of the body.

Foot injuries and ailments are common. Thankfully, you can get a diagnosis and effective treatment from your local podiatrist in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach. Learn about some of the most common foot problems treated at the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, and schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.

Turf toe is a common arthritic condition that affects the great toe joint. When the cartilage erodes over time, motion and rigidity become limited. The warnings signs include pain and stiffness that often occurs after sports, wearing tight footwear like heels, or after daily activities like standing or walking. Previous trauma can also lead to turf toe.

Conservative care can include treating the symptoms with icing, cortisone injections, and custom orthotics. Surgical procedures like decompression osteotomies, total joint implants, and cheilectomy can be used to correct or replace damaged biomechanical elements.

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A neuroma is a pinched nerve, usually between the metatarsal bones, that causes swelling and thickening. Symptoms of neuromas are pain and discomfort, which typically worsen over time. You may feel like you’re standing on pebbles or that there is a lump in your shoe. Pain in the ball of the foot, tingling, and a lack of sensation in the toes can occur when nerves are damaged.

If you’ve been experiencing pain in your foot for a prolonged period, it’s best to talk to your podiatrist in Boca Raton for medical examination and diagnoses. Neuroma treatment can include surgery to remove swollen sections of the nerve. Conservative therapies include orthotics or a change in footwear.

Some of the most common foot conditions occur in the toes. Our podiatrists in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach specialize in treating the following toe conditions:

Toe conditions can typically be treated with outpatient surgeries or procedures to improve the appearance and restore a full range of motion while eliminating pain.

Most soft tissue conditions of the toes and feet aren’t critical, but they can cause pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. At our facilities in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, podiatrists can diagnose and treat the following soft tissue conditions:

Gout is another common foot problem that can be treated by foot doctors in South Florida. Gout is a common form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the blood. Symptoms like sudden pain and swelling in the great toe joint, ankle joint, Achilles tendon, and mid-foot are common. The pain can be particularly intense and medical intervention may be necessary.

This common foot problem can be treated by a podiatrist with solutions like prescribed medication and cortisone injections. Medications can treat the symptoms and, in some cases, prevent future occurrences.

Treat Common Foot Problems with Your Podiatrist

You can get diagnosis and treatment for common foot problems at the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. We have clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. Our talented podiatrists are available for your consultation today.

If you suffer from foot pain, you are not alone. Many people deal with a wide range of issues that cause them great discomfort. Below are some of the most common foot problems:

  1. Bone spurs: Bone spurs are calcium deposits that develop on the feet. They are often caused by muscle strain. Standing for long periods and being overweight can make them much worse, and ultimately painful. They are often treated through orthopedic devices or surgery.
  2. Ingrown toenails: Ingrown toenails can develop when you do not cut your toe nails properly. Always cut straight across. Your doctor can remove pieces of the nail that pierce the skin.
  3. Hammertoes: Hammertoes occur when the tendon in your toes becomes shortened. They can negatively affect your sense of balance. To prevent this condition make sure that you wear shoes with plenty of toe room.
  4. Bunions: Bunions develop when the knuckles of your toes are inflamed and the bones do not fit into the joints properly. You can treat the pain of bunions with anti-inflammatory medicines.
  5. Warts: Warts are some of the most common foot problems. They are caused by viruses and they can spread if left untreated. Your doctor can remove them through burning, freezing, or cutting them off.
  6. Corns and Calluses: If your shoes cause friction on your feet, you can develop corns and calluses. Make sure that you buy properly fitting shoes to avoid this source of foot pain.
  7. Even here in Palm Beach, Florida, the skin on your feet can get dry and cracked in the winter. Make sure that you keep your feet moisturized to avoid painful splitting and cracking.
  8. Athlete’s foot and other fungal infections are very common. Make sure that you always completely dry your feet after swimming and wear sandals in the shower at the gym to avoid this itchy and painful foot affliction.

The best way to prevent foot and ankle pain is to wear proper shoes that offer support and fit correctly. If your shoes are too tight or cause extra un-needed strain on your feet due to their ‘fashionable’ design, you may be creating more foot pain for yourself than necessary.

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