Many patients often find that a simple problem in their feet can often lead to a cascading series of complications, in which they begin to accrue more and more serious foot and ankle conditions. Such an event has little to do with luck and is commonly the case in biomechanical problems where the structures of the foot rely on one another. The arch and ball of the foot not only provide foot support and stability for the entire body but also are used with every step taken. These structures are typically used to transfer force from the lower leg to the toes to allow for walking, running, and jumping. Damage to the ball and arch of the foot will likely result in pronation issues for the patient involved and commonly develop into more severe conditions.
This ligament condition is commonly caused by trauma to or abnormal function of the tissues along the bottom of the foot that connect to the metatarsals. Whenever these ligaments are stretched beyond their normal position they will become inflamed and cause pain in the forefoot. Patients often develop this condition with repetitive actions that involve the bending of the toes. Our office offers many conservative methods that have proven effective in treating this foot problem.
Many individuals can walk through their entire life without knowing that they were born with or have developed flat feet. This foot problem is actually a normal phase of development in childhood. As the foot matures, people often find that they begin to develop the aches and pains associated with this condition. Fallen arches can also occur from overuse and degradation of the arches of the feet. If left untreated, many adults will experience the chronic pain that comes with the development of posterior tibial tendonitis.
If a patient is experiencing pain radiating from the area between the arch and toes (the ball of the foot), metatarsalgia may be the condition to blame. This problem develops across the metatarsal heads as abnormal weight distribution leads to the inflammation of these joints. Pain from this condition typically comes as a result from overuse, arthritis, and injuries to the feet. Proper footwear and orthotics are commonly employed to treat this foot condition.
The plantar surface of the foot simply refers to the bottom of the foot. Fibromas are benign tumors that grow deep inside the fibrous ligaments of the plantar fascia in the arch of the foot. These growths will increase pressure in the foot and will commonly cause pain. The treatment methods for this foot problem vary widely from conservative measures to innovative practices like cryosurgery.
As the suffix “itis” commonly dictates, this condition refers to the inflammation of tissues surrounding the sesamoids in the foot. These structures are small bones that act as pulleys to increase the leverage of tendons in biomechanical processes. When these bones are altered or fractured, they can lead to the inflammation of those tendons that move over them.
Typically conditions in the arches and ball of the foot develop slowly and form long lasting damage. By taking the initiative and ending foot pain before it starts, you can live a much happier life. Contact our Medford office at 541.776.3338 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Evan Merrill.