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Arch Pain and Strain

Pain across the bottom of the foot at any point ranging from heel and ball of the foot can be referred to as arch pain. Though this pain is nonspecific, it is often due to strain or inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a long ligament on the bottom of the foot. 

Most often, arch pain and strain develops from overuse, shoes that are not supportive, or an acute injury. If arch pain persists beyond a few days, see a Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic physician for treatment and prevention. 

Calluses and Corns

Calluses and corns are thick, benign, hardened layers of skin that form due to friction and pressure. 

Corns frequently develop on the tops and along the sides of the foot, in between toes and any weight-bearing areas. Symptoms are hardened, raised bumps that are surrounded by inflamed skin that can be painful when pressed. To prevent and treat calluses and corns, patients should wear properly fitting shoes and use protective pads. If corns and calluses persist, schedule an appointment with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic for trimming.

Heel Fissures

Heel fissures are characterized by dry, calloused skin and excessive pressure acting on the bottom and back edge of the heel. Several conditions can cause them such as diabetes, psoriasis, thyroid changes, athlete's foot, excessive weight and abnormal biomechanics. 

While dry skin is common and can be treated with skin creams, if the skin is cracked deep enough to reveal red tissue or blood, you risk infection and should schedule an appointment with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic for treatment.

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is a common overuse injury that is characterized by pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The pain is typically aggravated when walking or running, or in athletes who participate in high-impact activities. Most often, the pain comes on over the course of several months, as opposed to suddenly.

If pain persists, schedule an appointment with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic for treatment.

Arthritis

Common arthritis symptoms of pain and stiffness are typically caused by degenerative osteoarthritis. There are, however, more than 100 types of arthritis that include rheumatoid and gout. A diagnosis is necessary to develop a treatment plan. Schedule an appointment with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic to diagnose and treat your arthritis.

Diabetic Foot

If you are a diabetic, too much glucose in your blood for an extended period of time can result in foot problems like neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, fungal infections, ulcers and more. If you suspect that your diabetes is causing you foot complications, schedule a visit with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic for treatment.

Heel Spurs

A heel spur is defined as a calcium deposit in the foot that causes a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel. Though some heel spurs are painless, they can cause heel pain. Some treatments may include exercise, custom-made orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and cortisone injections. In the event that conservative treatments fail, surgery may be necessary. Schedule an appointment with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic to develop a treatment plan. 

Pediatric Foot Problems

Schedule an appointment with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic if your child is experiencing foot pain or complications.

Toenail Fungus

Fungi are tiny organisms that can only be seen through a microscope. There are many different types: some live on your skin and cause no trouble, while others populate between your toes or invade your nails, which can cause infection in high quantities. Fungi can be characterized by a white or yellow spot under your nail, which may spread over time and turn your whole nail white, yellow, green or black. If you suspect you have a toenail fungus, schedule an appointment with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection occurring in men and women of all ages. Unlike its name suggests, you do not have to be an athlete to get athlete's foot. The majority of cases are caused by a variety of fungi belonging to a group called dermatophytes, which thrive in closed, warm, moist environments. It is mildly contagious and can spread through direct contact with particles left on towels, shoes, or the floor. If you suspect you have athlete's foot, schedule an appointment with a physician at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic to develop a treatment plan. 

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