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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

3 Common Foot Problems And How To Treat Them

by Carla Hudson

Foot pain and injuries are often overlooked as being too minor to warrant proper medical attention. As a result, many suffer in silence, hoping that the pain they experience on a daily basis will simply go away. However, this need not be the case. While there are many different causes of foot pain, many of these can be easily treated. Here are three of the most common foot injuries and problems, and how you can relieve the pain they cause:

Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is a common problem in which part of the toenail begins to grow into the surrounding tissue. This can result in excruciating pain and swelling in the affected toe. Ingrown toenails are often caused by footwear that puts high pressure on the toes or improper trimming of the nail, which leaves it too short and prone to growing into the surrounding tissue.

Thankfully, ingrown toenails can often be treated through simple, non-invasive methods. Switching to footwear that does not place undue pressure on the toes, soaking the toe in salt water and allowing the nail to grow forward properly (by not trimming it excessively) will often quickly solve the issue. However, should the problem persist, it may require a simple surgical procedure to fix it. This procedure, carried out by a podiatrist, will usually involve the removal of the ingrown part of the nail.


Metatarsalgia simply refers to a burning or shooting pain occurring in the front of the foot, usually centered around the ball of the foot. This is usually caused by excessive pressure being put on the front of the foot (for example, from wearing tight fitting shoes or from high-impact sports such as tennis).

The easiest way to deal with metatarsalgia is by managing the factors that cause it. Insuring you have comfortable shoes that are not putting pressure on your feet and avoiding high-impact activities will help to limit metatarsalgia. However, should you happen to experience metatarsalgia for any reason, the pain can usually be dealt with effectively by applying an ice pack to the affected area, elevating the foot and taking pain killers to reduce the swelling.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a medical term for pain in the heel of the foot. It results from damage to the plantar fascia; the tough band of tissue that runs down the sole of your foot. Damage to the plantar fascia creates tiny micro-tears in the tissue which cause it to thicken, leading to heel pain. This damage can either result from sudden causes, such as high-impact sports, or from general wear and tear over time.

Plantar fasciitis can be treated by resting your feet and avoiding activities that may put high stress on the heel. Regular stretching of the calf muscles and plantar fascia, especially before and after exercise, will help to reduce your susceptibility to plantar fasciitis. Supportive devices called orthotics can be put inside your shoes to reduce the stress on the plantar fascia.

For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://familyfootanklephysicians.com/.