Pain in the Ball of Your Foot? Metatarsalgia.

Metatarsalgia is a term used to describe a group of painful condition in the forefoot, typically under the ball of the foot. Metatarsalgia is commonly characterized by pain and inflammation. The metatarsals are the 5-long bones right behind the toes. Each foot has five metatarsal bones that run from the arch of your foot to your toe joints. (Typical) Symptoms: Pain and/or burning sensation in the ball of your foot when standing, walking or running, which improves with rest Sharp or shooting pain in your toes Numbness or tingling in your toes Common Causes: Intense activity/ overuse Foot trauma Certain foot types, such as those with high arches are more susceptible to forefoot issues as more

Calluses - Why do we get them?

Our bodies are pretty good at communicating; calluses are hard areas of skin that often develop in response to pressure or friction. Calluses indicate where we tend to bear our weight. Callus formation is the body's way of protecting the foot's underlying tissue against excessive pressure; a built in defence mechanism. Pressure can be due to an underlying cause such as abnormal foot mechanics, including bunions or hammertoes, or caused by mechanical stress, such as poor fitting footwear. Orthotics are very effective at addressing the underlying cause by redistributing pressure and increasing the surface area in contact with the foot. An effective orthotic transfers pressure away from the hig

Hallux Rigidus. Stiff Big Toe?

The most common site of arthritis in the foot is at the base of the big toe, and its incidence is increasing as the population ages. Having mobility in our big toe joint is especially important because it needs to bend with every step we take; a stiff big toe can lead to pain and difficulty walking. Those who repetitively and excessively load the big toe joint may be at a heightened risk for joint degeneration. Hallux limitus is the gradual loss of joint range of motion in conjunction with joint degeneration, which can progress to hallux rigidus. Hallux rigidus is typically defined as a complete loss of joint motion - a degenerative process in which the joint surfaces in your big toe joint b

Morton's Neuroma? Suffering From Numb & Tingling Toes

If you are experiencing forefoot pain, numbness, tingling or have the sensation like you are walking on a marble or a pea a Morton's Neuroma may be the culprit. The common plantar digital nerves run between the metatarsal (long) bones in the foot. They are responsible for giving sensation to the toes. A Morton's Neuroma most commonly affects the nerve between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, causing pain and numbness in the third and fourth toes. It can also affect the nerve between the second and third metatarsal bones, causing symptoms in the second and third toes. So what exactly is going-on to cause an interdigital neuroma? Morton's Neuroma is thought to develop as a result of long

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis; it affects more Canadians than all others forms of arthritis combined. 1 in 5 Canadians are affected, and these numbers are increasing. OA is a progressive disease and can be described as a result of the bodies failed attempt to repair damaged joint tissue. Bones come together to form a joint; cartilage at the ends of the bones act to cushion against impact. Gradually, as cartilage breaks down, it becomes rough and frayed and the protective space between the bones decreases. This breakdown of cartilage increases the demand on the bones in the joint and the bones begin to rub against each other and can produce painful osteophytes (or b

The Bane of Bunions

A bunion is a prominent bump (bony enlargement) on the inside of the big toe joint due to increased pressure on the joint. A shift of the big toe toward the smaller toes often co-exists with a bunion. Bunions are progressive - they usually get worse over time, although some grow faster than others - often causing pain and impacting mobility. Bunions often come with inflammation, swelling and redness on the inside of the big toe joint - & shoes often aggregate the problem. Causes: Genetics - Genetics can make you more susceptible to developing bunions. Often times a parent or grandparent will also have a bunion. Footwear - Narrow shoes, particularly high heels, can make bunions worse. In fact