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Common Foot Problems

Common Foot Problems

The most common foot problems are usually treatable without surgery. Often, foot issues only need a bit of non-surgical treatments and rest in order to fix them. However, there are instances where surgery is the only real option. But, it’s best to know what the most common foot problems are so you can more easily identify them if they occur.

Common Foot Problems

Approximately 75 percent of Americans suffer from foot problems at some point in their lives, according to a number of statistical reports. Some issues with the feet are caused by injury. While other foot problems arise from diseases like diabetes. Still other manifest due to other factors. Here are the most common foot problems people experience:

  1. Plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammatory condition in the heel where the bone connects to the toes. Usually, treating it with ice and exercise works. Also, wearing the right shoes.
  2. Athlete’s foot. This is caused by fungus and most often, just an over the counter medicine is enough to get rid of it. Sometimes, wearing synthetic socks, which repel moisture, also help to cure the problem.
  3. Pain in the ball of the foot that occurs in cycles is another common foot problem. It’s treated with supportive shoes, icing, OTC pain relief, and elevating the feet.
  4. Usually affecting the big toe, bunions are a bump at the base of the toe. Wearing supportive shoes, icing, and other measures help to fix this problem.

Hammertoes is yet another common foot problem, which causes a curling of a toe. For this, it’s best to see a doctor for treatment.