Approximately 19% of the entire U.S. population has an average of 1.4 foot problems each year. These issues range from minor annoyances to severe foot pain and should be addressed as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common types of foot pain:
- Athlete’s Foot — Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that thrives in warm, dark, and moist environments like the spaces in between a person’s toes or on the soles of the feet. This condition can inflame the skin and produce a white, scaly rash across the entire foot and often results in intense itching, burning, peeling, and even produces a bad odor.
- Bunion Pain — Bunions are bumps on the side of the foot right under the big toe joint. Though bunions can vary in size, bunion pain can often be quite intense. Luckily, treatment for bunions in some parts of the country has evolved significantly over the last few years and is now virtually pain-free. Additionally, the recovery time after bunion surgery is much shorter than it was in the past.
- Hammer Toe — This condition is extremely common across the United States and occurs in the smaller toes. It happens when the joint closest to where the toe becomes the foot (the metatarsophalangeal joint) extends and the next joint as you move up the toe (the interphalangeal joint) flexes downward — essentially looking like a hammer. Tight shoes like high heels are one of the main causes of this foot medical condition.
- Gout — Gout is a common type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid inside the joint tissues and joint fluid. The big toe joint is typically the first spot when this uric buildup occurs. Keep an eye out for warm sensations inside your feet, as well as visible swelling and redness.
Just because the problem is with your feet doesn’t mean it’s not important. You need to address any issue with your feet right away to avoid further complications down the road. If you want to address your bunion pain or learn more about painless bunion surgery Orange County California options, give Dr. Richard Moy a call right away.