The symptoms of this condition are usually associated with a sharp pain or a numbness sensation around the ball area of the feet. The pain is caused by either extreme pressure applied to the nerves that run along the metatarsal bones located along the base of your toes. Intense exercise such as running and jogging for long periods can contribute to this condition. Also, old age and natural wear and tear is a contributing factor.
Treatment for this condition can involve inserting insoles into the shoes to relieve the pressure on the feet. There are a range of inflammatory drugs to help relieve the symptoms. When surgery is required the bones are shortened in length to relieve the pain.
The most likely symptoms of this condition are associated with a sharp, stabbing pain around the ankle area. This pain is caused by an inflamed or torn posterior tibial tendon. This tendon is attached to the calf muscle and runs along to the foot arch. This tendon has a very important role as it supports the foot and enables the function of walking. Over the years this tendon can take a lot of wear and tear and a damaged tendon can result in a common condition known as flat foot which, is a result of the foot arch collapsing.
Treatment can involve using an air cast boot. This boot is designed to provide support to the tendon by taking pressure off it. The boot acts similar to a plaster cast that supports a broken bone, the only difference is that you can remove the boot. It is advisable that you acquire one of these boots from a qualified foot specialist such as podiatrist. If the condition is very severe surgery may be the only option.