Common Foot Problems


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.

Mortons Neuroma

The symptoms of this foot condition are likely to be a stabbing or burning sensation that comes from the area around the centre or ball of the foot. The usual cause of this condition is tight fitting shoes hence, the reason that Mortons Neuroma is a common condition with women. The pain is caused by tight fitting shoes pushing the metatarsal bones in the foot together. Between the metatarsal there are nerve endings and when these are pressed together they cause the pain and tingling sensation associated with this condition.
Mortons Neuroma can be treated by using specially designed insoles which you can acquire from a foot specialist. To relieve the pain you can opt for injections that are either alcohol based or contain cortisone. For extreme conditions surgery may be the only option to remove the pain.