Foot and Ankle Pain
The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body, consisting of 38 bones connected by numerous joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. The foot is susceptible to many stresses. Foot problems can cause pain, inflammation or injury, resulting in limited movement and mobility.
What are the different types of foot problems?
Foot pain is often caused by improper foot function. Improperly fitted shoes can worsen and, in some cases, cause foot problems. Shoes that fit properly and give good arch support can prevent irritation to the foot joints and skin. There are many types of foot problems that affect the heels, toes, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and joints of the foot. Some common foot and ankle problems include:
- Heel spurs
- Foot pain and fractures
- Ankle joint pain and fractures
- Plantar faciitis
The symptoms of foot problems may resemble other medical conditions and problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
Choose a physician
Whether you are suffering from a sports injury or have chronic foot pain, the first step is to see an orthopedic physician or podiatrist. Your primary care physician or provider may recommend one, or you can choose one from our Find a Doctor tool.