You may not give much thought to your feet throughout the day, but anyone who has suffered a foot injury, fungal infection, or other such condition can attest to how important it is to keep feet healthy! Even a slight foot condition can interfere with your ability to walk or stand properly, and a seemingly minor foot problem can lead to major health concerns and the need for eventual foot surgery.
You might have heard of a condition known as 'flat feet', but you might not be totally sure what it is. Essentially, people with flat feet have a medial longitudinal arch that has either flattened out or collapsed completely—as a result, the foot will show no or very little arch when it is placed down against the floor. It's a condition that demands attention, but it's particularly important for runners to address the issue, and here are just three reasons why.
If you're noticing a bony swelling at the base of your big toe, the chances are you have a bunion. Such swellings aren't the only sign; you may also notice your big toe pointing in the wrong direction, callused skin on your big toe, pain in the area when wearing tight shoes, or changes to the shape of your foot that make wearing your usual footwear difficult. If you suspect you have a bunion, there are several ways your podiatrist can help.
For runners, there are few things more important to keep healthy than their feet, which is why you need to be aware of how to prevent extensor tendonitis from stopping you in your tracks. The extensor tendons run across the top of your foot and attach to your toes; they are used to pull the foot upward and help move the foot downward. Like other tendons, the extensors are very strong, but they can be made to work too hard or become damaged from pressure.
Your feet may take more abuse and may suffer more wear and tear than you realize; after all, they carry your entire weight with every step, and often get crushed into ill-fitting shoes with socks that keep them overly warm and which rub and chafe at the skin. It's no wonder that foot pain is actually somewhat common! While this pain can often be very minor and subside after a few hours, there are some times when the cause of that pain will require intervention.