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The Way You Walk May Cause Foot Pain

When you walk or run, your gait should have normal pronation, which encompasses a natural side-to-side foot movement with minimal inward rolling. Overpronation is a less desirable step pattern where the ankle rolls excessively inward and downward, causing the arch to flatten the ligaments, muscles, and tendons under the feet to stretch. Only the big toe and second toe push off because the ankle is still rolling. This is not like normal pronation where all of the toes help to push off. Overpronation may cause pain in the heels and arches, which may spread to other areas of the feet, legs, and back. In underpronation, or supination, the rolling occurs on the outside of the foot, which places undue stress on that part of the foot (and the smaller toes) in the push-off stage. Underpronation may cause pain in the ball of the foot and arch, and may also lead to back and knee pain if not corrected. A chiropodist can offer professional advice on choosing shoes, and  prescribe custom orthotics that can help correct these gait abnormalities.

Foot pain is a common problem treated by chiropodists. If you have foot pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When you are experiencing foot pain, it’s important to note the type of pain and its location, as this can help determine a diagnosis. 

Pain in the top of the foot may be caused by:

  • Stress fractures

  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

  • Extensor tendonitis

  • Tibialis anterior tendonitis

  • Gout

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Ganglion cysts

Pain in the bottom of the foot may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Foot cramps

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

  • Plantar fibromatosis

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Flat feet

Pain on the side of the foot may be caused by:

  • Ankle sprain

  • Cuboid syndrome

  • Peroneal tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Bunions

  • Corns or calluses

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

Heel pain may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Bone spurs

  • Heel fractures

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis

  • Sever’s disease 

Pain in the toes may be caused by:

  • Gout

  • Hammertoe

  • Turf toe 

  • Bunions

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Blisters 

  • Arthritis

These and many more conditions can be treated by a chiropodist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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