The barrier to a perfect golf swing could lie in your big toe. Or your heel. Or on the ball of your foot. These are the three areas of your feet most likely to cause pain that can ruin your golf swing.
Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) complete years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency. They are uniquely qualified to treat plantar fasciitis and other conditions that cause heel pain.
Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against shoes.
For runners, the feet and ankles are vulnerable to injury. Be on the alert for signs of foot problems that can slow you down if not treated promptly.
Indoors and outdoors, youth athletes stay active year-round in competitive sports. For many of them heel pain has become “just another part of the game.” Foot and ankle surgeon, Shelly D. Sedberry, MS, DPM, AACFAS, advises that when a child complains of heel pain, it should be diagnosed promptly because it may be a warning sign of a serious foot problem.
So, what are the five most common types of foot problems, and what causes them? Here are some tips from today's podiatrists:
As millions of people hit the beach for vacation fun, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers these foot safety tips.
Both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by keeping their feet in top condition and taking steps to control foot problems common in runners.
Your feet must last a lifetime, and most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50. Regular foot care can make sure your feet are up to the task. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented.
Foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed. Signs and symptoms can be subtle, but sometimes they can't explain what's wrong. It's important to protect growing feet and have problems checked out early.