Patellar Tracking Disorder

Patellar Tracking Disorder Patellar tracking disorder is an imbalance in the knee area that causes the kneecap (Patella) to shift or tilt out of place as the leg bends or straightens. Symptoms include a dull ache under or around the kneecap, or a popping, grinding, slipping, or catching sensation in the kneecap as the knee…

Diabetic Neuropathies

Diabetic Neuropathies Diabetic Neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness – loss of feeling – in the hands, arms, feet, and legs.…

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…