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Common Orthopedic Foot Dysfunctions
Feet are there to help us stabilize our bodies and remain in balance. They are made up of bones, which are supported by ligaments and muscles. There are different kinds of causes behind foot disorders, such as bone damage, muscle damage, or soft tissue damage.
Common foot disorders include:
- Morton’s neuroma
- Plantar fasciitis
- Athlete’s foot
- Ingrown toenails
- Diabetic neuropathy
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can lead to pain in the bottom of the heel, as well as the lower part of the middle foot. The ligaments get strained due to improper footwear or poor arch support, as well as standing for a long time, long-distance running, gaining weight, or suffering from another foot condition. This type of pain can be dull and sharp. The pain might get worse when we rest for a long time. Some home treatments can help in such a case, such as icing, anti-inflammatory medications, and stretching your foot every day.
If none of the home remedies work, you might need to get corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, you might need to wear orthotics, or you might even need surgery.
Another common condition is a plantar wart, which is caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus. It is transmitted in moist environments, such as swimming pools. While it is a very treatable condition, it can be very painful. The pain tends to get worse when walking. Treatment might take a couple of weeks and would require using products that contain salicylic acid. Sesamoiditis is a bone inflammation of the foot, which leads to pain. It is called sesamoiditis due to the sesamoid bones, which are found in our feet and have the function of helping us bend our big toe. Such a condition can also be treated by applying ice or heat to the affected area, resting the feet, taking pain relievers, and using compression bandages.
What Causes Foot Disorders?
There are different causes behind foot disorders. Some might include overuse, jumping, or running, while others might be sprains and fractures, which occur due to falling and tripping, twisting or rotating, or landing on foot with increased force. Other causes might be an excess strain, bone spurs, untreated flat feet, or a lack of conditioning for the leg and foot muscles.
Conditions such as arthritis may also affect the foot. For example, osteoarthritis can lead to pain and stiffness in the joints of the feet. Rheumatoid arthritis can destroy cartilage and also affect the joints. When you get your foot injured, you might suffer from post-traumatic arthritis. This condition can lead to stiffness and inflammation of the joints. It can also diminish the cartilage that has the function of covering the ends of the bones.
What Are the Symptoms of Foot Disorders?
There are different kinds of symptoms for foot disorders, which depend on the type of injury. However, some common symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, difficulty walking, bruising, inability to put weight on foot, or difficulty moving the foot. In cases of Achilles tendonitis and tendonitis, you might also experience swelling, pain along the back of the heel, thickening of the tendon, or a loud popping sound at the back of the heel. How are foot disorders diagnosed?
To diagnose foot disorders, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms, as well as examine the foot and ask you about any recent injuries. You will probably also need to get some imaging tests, such as X-ray, CT, or an MRI.
What Is the Treatment for Foot Disorders?
Treatment of a foot disorder will depend on the symptoms that you are experiencing. Treatment might require a surgical or non-surgical approach.
Some of the non-surgical methods to treat your foot pain:
- Resting, elevating the foot and applying ice to the affected area
- Wearing compression bandages or casts
- Over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen
- Cortisone shot
In more severe cases, the surgical approach would mean that you might need to get a reconstruction of the bones, joints, tendons, or ligaments, that the damaged tissue might need to be removed, and that might need a fusion of the bones, which can make them more stable.
What Is the Long-Term Outlook for Foot Disorders?
When you suffer from a foot disorder, the long-term outlook will depend on how severe the damage was and whether or not you will need surgery. For example, foot fractures that don’t need surgery take around six weeks to heal. In cases of surgery, recovery might need several weeks and months. Physical therapy can help you strengthen the feet, but you might need up to one year of physical therapy.
While surgery can improve foot disorders, it also comes with side effects and risks of nerve damage or infections.
Can You Prevent Foot Disorders?
There are ways in which we can prevent suffering from foot disorders. It is recommended to be active, as this can strengthen your feet and add up to their flexibility. Exercising regularly is very important to build strong bones and to maintain a good balance. It is important that you warm up before any type of physical activity and that you always stretch before and after being active. Wearing comfortable shoes and making sure that you’re not pushing yourself too hard. If you experience pain during physical activity, it is important to stop the exercise immediately. If you are feeling persistent pain in your foot, you must speak to your doctor, as some cases might worsen when left untreated.
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