Foot and Heel Pain

Below we outline over 40 foot and heel injuries. Click on the links to view more detailed information including treatment and rehabilitation programs.

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Heel pain

  • Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common cause of pain under the heel which can radiate into the foot.
  • Bruised heel also has symptoms of heel pain but doesn't usually radiate under the foot.
  • Severs disease occurs mainly in active children aged 8 to 15 years old and results in pain at the back of the heel.
  • Heel spur has similar symptoms to, and is often confused with plantar fasciitis although they are different conditions.
  • Calcaneal fracture or broken heel bone is a fracture of the calcaneus bone in the heel.
  • Calcaneal stress fracture is a hairline fracture of the big heel bone.
  • Medial calcaneal nerve entrapment has similar symptoms to tarsal tunnel syndrome with pain on the inside of the heel which may radiate towards the center of the heel.
  • Lateral plantar nerve entrapment causes pain radiating to the inner, lower heel and inner ankle area.
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome causes a burning type pain in the heel which radiates into the arch of the foot and sometimes the toes.
  • Talar stress fracture is a stress fracture of the talus bone which sits on top of the large calcaneus or heel bone.
  • Achilles bursitis or retrocalcaneal bursitis usually results in pain at the back of the heel

Midfoot

  • Navicular stress fracture is a stress fracture of on of the tarsal bones in the foot called the navicular.
  • Midtarsal joint sprain is an injury to the ligaments holding the mid tarsal joint together causing pain on the outside middle of the foot.
  • Extensor tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons which run along the top of the foot and straighten the toes.
  • Tibialis posterior tendinitis or tibialis posterior tendinopathy is inflammation or degeneration of the tibialis posterior tendon which passes down the back of the leg and underneath the foot.
  • Plantar fascia strain is a rupture of the band of tissue called the plantar fascia or arch ligament.
  • Stress fracture of the foot occurs as a result of repetitive strain on the foot and can occur in any bones.
  • Peroneal tendonitis is inflammation of the peroneal tendon which runs behind the bony bit on the outside of the ankle.
  • Peroneus brevis tendon rupture is a tear of the peroneus brevis tendon as it inserts onto the prominent bony part on the outside of the foot.
  • Abductor hallucis strain is a strain or tear of the abductor hallucis muscle along the inside of the foot.
  • Cuboid syndrome occurs when the peroneus longus muscle in the lower leg pulls on the cuboid bone in the foot partially dislocating it.
  • Tarsal coalition is an hereditary condition affecting children between the age of 10 and 16 years old.
  • Kohler's disease is a form of osteochondritis or flaking of the hard cartilage covering the ends of the navicular bone in children.
  • Lisfranc's joint injury is an injury to the ligament which connects the cuniform tarsal bone to the base of the 2nd metatarsal or long bone in the foot.

Toe pain

  • Broken toe is a fracture of any of the phalanges bones of the toes.
  • Ingrown toenails are common problems causing pain, redness and sometimes infection.
  • Black toenail or subungual Hematoma is a common problem resulting from direct trauma or impact to the toe.
  • Dislocated toe is a dislocation of any of the phalanges bones which make up the toe.

Forefoot

  • Corns and calluses occur with a thickening of the skin which is usually do to repeated pressure or friction.
  • Turf toe is a sprain of the joint at the base of the big or great toe.
  • Black toenail or subangual hematoma as it is known is blood under the toenail giving it the impression of being black.
  • Bunion or hallux valgus is a painful swelling and enlargement of the bone on the inside of the big toe.
  • Mortons Neuroma or Morton's syndrome is a compression of the nerve between the third and forth toes.
  • Metatarsal stress fracture of the foot is a hairline fracture in one of the long metatarsal bones.
  • Jones fracture is specifically a fracture of the 5th metatarsal on the outside of the foot at the very end of the foot nearest to the ankle.
  • Metatarsalgia is the common name given to synovitis of the MTP joint.
  • Hallux rigidus or hallux limitus is the latin name for a stiff big toe.
  • Sesamoiditis is inflammation affecting the sesamoid bones which are two tiny bones embedded within tendons under the base of the big toe.
  • Ingrown toenail or onychocryptis is where the sides of a toe nail grow downwards into the skin.

Skin conditions

  • Athletes foot is a common skin condition causing itchy, flaky skin and a burning sensation usually between the toes.
  • Blisters are fluid filled bubbles on the skin which result from friction burns.
  • Corns and calluses occur when there is an excess or thickening of hard skin.
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