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Key Signs and Symptoms of Common Foot Conditions

Identifying common foot problems is essential for maintaining optimum foot health and overall mobility. Issues such as bunions, characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, and plantar fasciitis, marked by heel pain due to inflammation, are frequent concerns. Athlete's foot presents with itching, burning, and cracked skin between the toes. Corns and calluses, resulting from repeated pressure or friction, appear as thickened, hardened skin. Ingrown toenails, where the nail grows into the surrounding skin, cause pain and swelling. Foot pain or discomfort, visible deformities, persistent swelling, and changes in skin or nail appearance are clear indicators of these conditions. Early recognition and appropriate treatment, such as wearing proper footwear, maintaining hygiene, and seeking medical advice from a podiatrist are good ways to prevent complications. If you have any type of foot pain or condition, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Sarah Urton, DPM from Kitsilano Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vancouver, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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