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Painful feet can affect our ability to enjoy the most basic activities in our daily lives. Thankfully, many foot conditions can be easily prevented or treated by wearing properly fitting footwear or by podiatric treatment by a qualified professional podiatrist.

Below is a list of common foot conditions.

Heel Pain

HEEL PAIN

Heel pain is a common condition in which weight bearing on the heel causes extreme discomfort.

Callous

CALLOUSES

The formation of callouses is caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. This callous formation isthe body's defense mechanism to protect the foot against excessive pressure and friction. Callouses are normally found on the ball-of-the-foot, the heel, and/or the inside of the big toe.

Corns

CORNS

Corns like callouses develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas. They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a nerve below, causing pain. Corns are a very common ailment that usually form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. Corns can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear.

Ingrown Toenails

INGROWN TOENAILS

Known to doctors as onychocryptosis, ingrown toe nails are a common, painful condition that occur when skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself grows into the skin.

Toe Warts

WARTS

Warts are caused by an infectious virus. The little virus gets into the skin through a cut so small you do not know it is there. The virus particle  gets into the deepest layer of the dermis and takes up residence in the local cells. It works like all virus particles by getting into the cell and tricking the cell into manufacturing hundreds or thousands of additional virus particles. The cell ruptures spewing the virus particles into the neighboring cells. These cells pick up the wart and repeat the cycle. Soon you have so many cells with virus particles that the clump is visible as a wart.

Toe Fungus

FUNGAL INFECTIONS

Toenail fungus, known by doctors as Onychomycosis, affects a lot of people in Australia, particularly in the tropics. It is relatively rare in children, but the incidence increases with age. Fungus infections occur when microscopic fungi gain entry through a small trauma in the nail, then grow and spread in the warm, moist environment inside socks and shoes.

Shin Pain

SHIN PAIN

Shin splints are a common lower extremity complaint, especially among runners and other athletes. They are characterized by pain in the front or inside aspect of the lower leg due to overexertion of the muscles. The pain usually develops gradually without a history of trauma, and might begin as a dull ache along the front or inside of the shin (Tibia) after running or even walking.

Arch Pain

ARCH PAIN

Arch pain is inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot.

Flat Feet

FLAT FEET

Flat Feet is a medical condition in which the arch of the foot collapses, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.

Tendonitis

TENDONITIS

Achilles tendonitis causes inflammation and degeneration of the achilles tendon. The achilles tendon is the large tendon located in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel. Post-Tib Tendonitis is a strain placed on the posterior tibial tendon. The posterior tibial tendon runs along the inside of the ankle and the foot.

There are a myriad of other conditions such in child in-toeing, hammer toes, ulceration and even knee pain that can be treated by Darwin Podiatry. Rather than trying to diagnose the problem yourself on the Internet, it is always advisable to call us and make an appointment. Our professional, experienced and qualified podiatrists can provide a much more accurate diagnosis of your condition in-person.

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TENDONITIS

Achilles tendonitis causes inflammation and degeneration of the achilles tendon. The achilles tendon is the large tendon located in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel. Post-Tib Tendonitis is a strain placed on the posterior tibial tendon. The posterior tibial tendon runs along the inside of the ankle and the foot.

 

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