Foot Care Facts

Foot Care Facts – 3 out of 4 people experience serious foot problems in their lifetime. – The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. – 1/4 of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest…

Heel Spur

Heel Spur DEFINITION: The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot and absorbs the most amount of shock and pressure. A heel spur develops as an abnormal growth of the heel bone. Calcium deposits form when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel area, causing a bony protrusion, or heel spur to…

Post-Tib Tendonitis

Post-Tib Tendonitis DEFINITION Post-Tib Tendonitis is a strain placed on the posterior tibial tendon. The posterior tibial tendon runs along the inside of the ankle and the foot. When there is post-tibial tendon disfunction, the tendon does not function to hold up the arch, resulting in flat feet. This can lead to heel pain, arch…

Over-Pronation (Flat Feet)

Over-Pronation (Flat Feet) DEFINITION: Over-pronation, or flat feet, is a common biomechanical problem that occurs in the walking process when a person’s arch collapses upon weight bearing. This motion can cause extreme stress or inflammation on the plantar fascia, potentially causing severe discomfort and leading to other foot problems. CAUSE: Over-pronation is very prominent in…

Claw Toes

Claw Toes DEFINITION A claw toe is a toe that is contracted at the PIP and DIP joints (middle and end joints in the toe), and can lead to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened cause the toe’s joints to curl downwards. Claw toes may occur in any toe, except the…

Overlapping Toes

Overlapping Toes DEFINITION: Many disorders can affect the joints in the toes, causing pain and preventing the foot from functioning as it should. People of all ages can experience forefoot problems. Overlapping toes can occur in any of the toes and can cause extreme irritation if not corrected. CAUSE: Many disorders can affect the joints…

Bunions

Bunions DEFINITION Bunions, referred to in the medical community as Hallux Valgus, are one of the most common forefoot problems. A bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint. This bump is actually a bone protruding towards the inside of the foot. With the continued movement of…