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Pain or discomfort can be felt anywhere in the foot, including the heel, toes, arch, instep, sole, or ankles.
Pain - foot
Foot pain can be caused by:
-- a protrusion at the base of the big toe, which can become inflamed. Bunions often develop over time from wearing narrow-toed shoes.
-- toes that curl downward into a claw-like position.
Calluses and corns
-- thickened skin from friction or pressure. Calluses are on the balls of the feet or heels. Corns appear on your toes.
Plantar warts -- from pressure on the soles of your feet.
-- also called flat feet.
Poorly fitting shoes often cause these problems. Aging and being overweight also increase your chances of having foot problems.
Morton's neuroma is a...
Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com. In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze: My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
DefinitionAnkle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles.Alternative NamesPain - ankle; Sprain - ankle; Ankle sprainCommon CausesAnkle pain is often due to an ankle sprain.An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, which connect bones to one another.In most cases, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint.In addition to ankle sprains, ankle pain can be caused by:Damage or swelling of tendons (which join muscles to bone) or cartilage (which cushions joints)Infection in the ankle jointOsteoarthritis, gout,rheumatoid arthritis, Reiter syndrome, and other types of arthritisProblems in areas near the ankle that can cause you to feel pain in the ankle include:Blockage of blood vessels in the legHeel pain or injuriesNerve injuries (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or sciatica)
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