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North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society

Podiatric Physicians Providing Medical and Surgical Care

Common Podiatric Issues

Nail Problems

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Ingrown toenails can cause pain, swelling, redness, and infection. Fungus under toenails causes them to be thickened and discolored.

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Calluses

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a thickened area of skin on the sole of the foot resulting from recurring pressure and friction.

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Plantar Warts

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Noncancerous skin growths on the soles of feet caused by Human Papillomavirus.

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Ankle Sprain

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A tear, strain or sprain in a ligament that takes place when the ligament is stretched too far.

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Bunion

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Progressive movement of big toe toward second toe causes “bump” of bone to form on the side or top of the big toe joint.

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Heel Pain

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Result of pulling on the large ligament (plantar fascia) in the foot after long hours of standing on a hard, unyielding surface.

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Arch Pain

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Pain in the bridge between the front and back of the foot. Can be a result of flat feet, poor circulation, excessive weight, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis.

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Hammertoe

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An abnormal bend in a joint of a toe, commonly caused by high heels and shoes with a narrow toe box.

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Athlete’s Foot

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A contagious fungal infection that frequently begins between the toes and causes itching, stinging, and burning.

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Diabetic Foot

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People with diabetes are at a high risk of foot problems (including amputation) from poor circulation, infections and lack of feeling.

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