• Self-Assessment Quiz

    The Foot Health Foundation of America offers this simple quiz to pinpoint any warning signs of foot and ankle problems: (See bottom for scoring.) 1.   How much time do you spend on your feet each day?     a. less than 2 hours 0   b.

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  • Sesamoiditis

    Sesamoids are small bones that are connected only to tendons or are embedded in muscle. This structure appears in only a few places in the human body, one of which is the foot. Two very small sesamoids (about the size of a kernel of corn) are found in the underside of the forefoot near the big toe—one

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  • Sesamoiditis

    Sesamoids are small bones that are connected only to tendons or are embedded in muscle. This structure appears in only a few places in the human body, one of which is the foot. Two very small sesamoids (about the size of a kernel of corn) are found in the underside of the forefoot near the big toe—one

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  • Osteochondromas

    Osteochondromas are benign bone tumors that form in the bone beneath the toenail. Osteochrondromas account for about half of all benign bone tumors, and occur mostly in children and young adults. Unless they cause irritation to the surrounding tissue, they are generally not painful. In some cases, osteochondromas

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  • Plantar Fibromas

    Plantar fibromas are benign tissue tumors or growths on the plantar, or bottom surface of the foot. Unlike plantar warts, which grow on the skin, these grow deep inside on a thick fibrous band of ligaments called the plantar fascia. The presence of the tumor can cause pain or pressure on other parts

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  • Pain Management for Conditions

    Ankle Pain Arch Pain Arthritis Ball of the Foot Pain Bunions Heel Pain Metatarsalgia Top of the Foot Pain Note: For any foot condition, please consult your physician before taking any medication for pain management.   Ankle pain Recurring or persistent (chronic) pain on the outer side

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  • Pregnancy

    Pregnant women need to observe good foot health to prevent pain and discomfort. Since the body undergoes changes and acquires a new weight-bearing stance, women should wear shoes with broad-based heels that provide support and absorb shock. Additional body weight also calls for more support, to prevent

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  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel spur)

    Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot,

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  • Osteochondritis (stiff ankle)

    Osteochondritis are lesions that usually cause pain and stiffness of the ankle joint and affect all age groups. Osteochondritis is caused by a twisting-type injury to the ankle. Symptoms include swelling and ankle pain. Immobilization of the foot and ankle for a period of time usually resolves the

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  • Overlapping, Underlapping Toes

    Overlapping toes are characterized by one toe lying on top of an adjacent toe. The fifth toe is the most commonly affected. Overlapping toes may develop in the unborn fetus. Passive stretching and adhesive taping is most commonly used to correct overlapping toes in infants, but the deformity usually

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  • Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy can often help decrease the pain and swelling in a painful area of the foot or ankle. Heel spurs, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions, corns and calluses, as well as many post-operative surgical conditions, respond well to physical therapy. Common kinds of physical therapy may include

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  • Online Resources

    Mayo Clinic Onlinehttp://www.mayoclinic.com   MedlinePlushttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplusA resource of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and theNational Institutes of Heatlh   PodiatryOnlinehttp://www.podiatry-online.net   WebMDhttp://www.webmd.com  

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  • Peroneal Tendon Dislocation/Dysfunction

    Peroneal tendons support two important foot muscles (Peroneus Brevis and Peroneus Longus) that originate on the outside of the calves. These two muscles allow you to roll to the outside of your foot while standing. Peroneal tendons are also called stirrup tendons because they help hold up the arch of

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  • Osteochondritis

    Osteochondritis is a lesion that usually causes pain and stiffness of the ankle joint and affects all age groups. Osteochondritis is caused by a twisting-type injury to the ankle. Symptoms include swelling and ankle pain. Immobilization of the foot and ankle for a period of time usually resolves the

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  • Overlapping or Underlapping Toes

    Overlapping toes are characterized by one toe lying on top of an adjacent toe. The fifth toe is the most commonly affected. Overlapping toes may develop in the unborn fetus. Passive stretching and adhesive taping is most commonly used to correct overlapping toes in infants, but the deformity usually

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  • Prevention

    Smelly feet generally can be controlled with a few preventive measures: Always wear socks with closed shoes. Avoid wearing nylon socks or plastic shoes. Instead, wear shoes made of leather, canvas, mesh or other materials that let your feet breathe. Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water, using a

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