Below you will find a list of symptoms and conditions that may be affecting your foot. Whether you participate in sports, weightlifting, or lead an active lifestyle, it is not uncommon to sustain injuries or feel some degree of discomfort or pain due to overuse of the muscles, bone, and tendon in this area. At Studio Athletica, we specialize in several different services that can help treat your health problems. Please feel free to read more about your symptoms, conditions and our suggested treatments, or contact us to pinpoint the best treatment to heal your body.
Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
There is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes called the plantar fascia. Runners and people who walk long distances may encounter pain in this area when their shoes don’t provide adequate support or they are overweight. It will feel like a sharp pain in the heels usually while taking the first few steps after waking up or standing up after sitting for an extended period of time. Normally the pain will lessen after “walking it off” but it can also worsen after exercising.
This condition is common in women who often wear high heels or tight shoes, although it can happen to anyone. It refers to the tissue around the nerve between the third and fourth toe. It is difficult to really pinpoint the exact cause of morton’s neuroma, however, it seems to develop gradually as a result of the nerve has been irritated, suppressed, or injured. It can bring on symptoms such as numbness over the ball of the foot, pain, and tingling sensations.
The forefoot is the ball of the foot as well as the top and bottom of the toes. This area is the part of the foot that bears the majority of weight while walking, running, standing, and during exercise. The symptoms of forefoot pain will vary amongst individuals, but for most people it feels like pain, burning or discomfort under the ball of the foot. The pain often worsens when walking barefoot on a hard surface.
A bunion is the more prominent bone between the big toe and the foot. It will form when the big toe is squeezed and pushed against the other toes such as wearing tight shoes and high heels. It’s a gradual condition as a result of prolonged pressure or can even be caused by other medical conditions. The major sign of a bunion is a protruding bone at the side of the big toe that is accompanied by symptoms such as swelling, soreness, redness, and the development of corns or calluses.
Stress fractures are extremely thin, hairline cracks in the bone. They’re caused by constant force, often from overuse — such as continuously jumping or running long distances. Stress fractures can also be accelerated in people who suffer from conditions that weaken the bone such as, osteoporosis. The symptoms of stress fractures aren’t felt immediately, they gradually worsen over time. The tenderness usually originates from a specific spot and decreases during rest. You might have swelling around the painful area.
A fat pad contusion is a bruised heel. The heel consists of tissues that act as a protective layer over the heel often called a fat pad. This pad can get injured or moved to a less useful area after sustaining an injury or with age due to wear and tear. When the fat pad is weakened, the heel becomes more susceptible to bruising. Runners and dancers often suffer from bruised heel due to repeated pounding of the heel, causing the fat pad to flatten or move from its position. Wearing shoes with adequate support can help to prevent this type of injury.