6 Types of Foot Pain You Should Never, Ever Ignore

Not all foot pain is a serious matter, but you should under no circumstances ignore any severe foot pain. Please ensure that you see your doctor or a podiatrist for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan to bring you back on your feet.

We at Mayor Boss dig into the common problems that cause major foot pains and what you can do to handle the conditions.

Here are the most basic painful conditions that affect the foot.

1. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the common frequent causes of joint pain in the knee. This disorder most usually attacks joints in your knees, hands, hips, and spine. The joint lesion is manifested by decreased joint space, breakdown of cartilage, and bone spurs around the joint.

Pain and lack of mobility in osteoarthritis are often experienced in the ankle joint, the subtalar joint, and the leg joint. Other uncommon forms of arthritis that can cause leg pain include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus.

What are the early signs of osteoarthritis? The symptoms of osteoarthritis may include pain, stiffness, loss of flexibility, and swelling, and these symptoms generally get worse with physical exercise. According to the Mayo Clinic, staying active and sustaining a healthy weight with some treatments can help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

2. Toenails ingrown

An ingrown toenail develops when the edge or side of your toenail grows and presses to the edge of the skin. This usually emerges at the side of the large toenail due to shoe pressure. Your toenail will be intensely painful, tender, and swollen. According to the HealthLine, cutting the nail tip or the ingrown spur away is the best way to relieve the pressure and pain. Also, it is essential to avoid wearing shoes that had a bit too much pressure on your toes.

3. Bunions

A bunion is a very painful bony bump that develops at the root of your big toe. Bunions may vary in size and are the result of your big toe shifting out of its position, pulling toward your smaller toes, which causes irregular pressure on the joints of your legs. To better prevent bunions, According to the Mayo Clinic, you should wear shoes that have wide toe box no pointy toes. Nevertheless, bunions usually require no therapeutic treatment.

4. Tendonitis

The tendons are cord structures that anchor your muscles to your bone. When they are over-stretched, irritated, or overuse, tendinitis may occur. Tendonitis causes acute pain and tenderness when performing an activity or stretching. Sometimes, the affected tendon is regularly red, swollen, and painful to the touch.

Will tendonitis heal on its own? Yes, however you can treat your tendonitis at home by having good proper relaxation, apply ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen. You can do some stretches exercises.

5. Corns and Calluses

Calluses are thick areas of the skin over your legs where excess pressure or friction occurs. Heel calves can become painful if they crack or split. Corns appear on the toes where they rub against your shoe. Sometimes, the smallest callus or corns can cause intense pain as it expands deep into the layers of your skin. If your corn or callus happens to become extremely painful or swollen, see a doctor.

6. Metatarsalgia (foot pain)

Metatarsalgia has sharp pain, aching, or burning in the area under the ball of your foot, which is shaped by the rounded ends of the metatarsal bones. Pain can feel like a person stepping on a stone and is usually relieved by staying down and worsened walking barefoot. Many conditions can induce metatarsalgia, such as wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels, overweight, osteoarthritis, or gout. To relieve your metatarsalgia pain, you should wear fitting shoes, try over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen, apply ice packs, and have a good rest.