Did you know the average person takes about 10,000 steps every day? That is a lot of stress on your feet! When you consider the array of surfaces and inclines that people walk on, you can imagine why foot problems are a common complaint among us all. Here are just a few of the conditions treated at Carlsbad-Encinitas Podiatry.

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  • Haglund’s Deformity

Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. They can develop from an inherited structural defect, excess stress on your foot, or can result from an existing medical condition.

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Calluses

A callus is a thickened layer of skin most commonly occurring on the heels or balls of the feet due to repeated friction and abnormal pressure when walking. Other causes may include bony prominence is, foot deformity and ill fitting shoes.

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Corns

Similar to calluses, a corn is a thickened glare of skin found on the top, sides are ends of the toes due to abnormal friction and pressure. Other causes may include hammertoes and other foot deformities as well as wearing ill fitting shoes. Corns can be painful and lead to secondary sores and infection.

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Hammertoes

Hammertoe is a condition where the second, third, or fourth toe, is bent at the middle joint, overlapping the toe(s) next to it. It is caused by improperly fitting shoes and problems with the toe muscles.

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Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes related foot complications affects the quality of life of a significant number of the over 30 million Americans living with diabetes. These complications secondary to development of neuropathy (loss of sensation) and poor circulation can result in serious problems such as foot wounds, infections and amputations.

Prevention is the best course of action. A simple, daily self foot exam can identify sores, blisters or other changes before they become a major problem. If you do experience a foot problem of any kind you need to make it a priority to schedule an appointment for timely care.

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Warts

Although warts may be painful, they are harmless. Warts are caused by a viral infection which penetrates the skin through tiny or "invisible" cuts/abrasions. If left untreated, warts can grow as large as an inch or more in circumference and even spread out into smaller clusters.

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Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is caused by the irritation and inflammation of the large band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Some symptoms include stabbing pain that usually occurs in the mornings. As you walk around on the foot the pain normally decreases, but it can return after standing for long periods of time. Heel and arch pain from plantar fasciitis over 90% of the time with appropriate treatment.

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Flat Feet

A common condition of the foot structure, flat feet, is caused by an undeveloped arch of the foot. While infants and toddlers lack arches in their feet, the structure continues to develop through adolescence and is fully formed by adulthood.

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Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, joining the lower portion of the calf to the heel bone. Although it is able to withstand forces of around 1,000 pounds, it is the most frequently ruptured tendon in the body. Typically, injury of the Achilles tendon is caused by athletic activities.

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Neuromas

Neuromas are enlarged, benign growth of nerves, typically found between the third and fourth toe. Enlargement is caused by tissue rubbing against the nerves, oftentimes caused by poorly fitting shoes or abnormal bone structure.

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Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is the most common cause of nail infection which results in progressive change in the toenails quality and color. Treatment options include use of topical antifungal solutions, oral antifungal medication or laser therapy.

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Ingrown Toenails

One of the most common toenail ailments are ingrown nails. This is when the corners or sides of the curved nail digs deeply into the soft tissue nail groove, often leading to painful irritation, redness, swelling and frequent infection. The preferred treatment for recurrent ingrown nails is to permanently remove the offending border of the nail.

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