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A pinched nerve in the ball of the foot: Neuromas

pinched-nerves-and-neuromasOuch, that hurts! You take a step and suddenly feel a “pinched nerve” in your foot between your toes. Or, perhaps you’re experiencing swelling in the same area, numbness or tingling in the ball of the foot, or pain when you place weight on the ball of the foot. These are all common symptoms of a neuroma, or a nerve tumor. 

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Leg cramps could be a sign of Peripheral Arterial Disease

peripheral-arterial-diseaseYou wake up in the middle of the night with leg cramps, or perhaps you frequently get leg cramps while walking. No matter what you do, the cramps keep coming back. Lately, your legs have also felt weaker, even cold or numb at times. Perhaps you’ve had sores on your toes, feet, or legs that don’t heal as easily as they should. The leg cramping is preventing you from being comfortable and enjoying your daily activities, and may be distracting you while you work. Is it possible something more is going on? While there may be a number of underlying diseases or problems that are causing your leg to cramp, the most likely cause is Peripheral Arterial Disease.

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Plantar warts: What they are, how they’re treated, and how to avoid them

treating plantar wartsYou thought it was just a callus — a buildup of tough, thick skin on the bottom of the foot — but then you squeezed it and experienced pain as a result. Chances are that you have a wart, not a callus. Plantar warts, warts on the bottom of the foot , are a common malady caused by a virus. They may look like a callus, but the telltale sign is that a callus doesn’t typically hurt when pressed on, but a wart usually does. You might have only one wart, or maybe you have several. What exactly are plantar warts, how are they treated, and how can they be avoided?

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Most Americans suffer from foot problems

foot problems in americaHow important is foot health to you compared to eye health, nutrition, and exercise? How often do you experience foot pain? Have you been to a podiatrist? These are just a few of the questions asked in an American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) survey carried out earlier this year. Of particular interest in the survey results is the fact that more than 75 percent of Americans suffer from foot pain, but only one-third would have sought care from a podiatrist.

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Pain down the front of the lower leg: shin splints

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The lower leg has two bones: the tibia and fibula. Few runners are lucky enough to go their entire running career without experiencing pain along the inner edge of the shin, along the path of the tibia. This type of pain is often referred to as shin splints, but a more specific term is medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). Thankfully, MTSS can be alleviated using simple measures.

Causes and symptoms of shin splints

Shin splints can be caused by a number of activities, but are most frequently related to running. The pain is considered a type of overuse injury. New runners who add too many miles to their routine too soon, or those who run on hills frequently are at higher risk for MTSS pain. Low or flat arches, arches with reduced flexibility, or wearing the wrong shoes or worn-out shoes can also increase the risk of developing shin splints. The pain results from inflammation of the muscles and tendons around the tibia -- the larger of the two bones in the lower leg -- and occurs along the attachment of the muscles to the bone.

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