Patient Education Term Category: Arch & Ball Problems

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is characterized by acute pain in the ball of the foot, or the area between the foot’s arch and toes. There are five metatarsal bones running down the middle of the foot from the toes to the ankle; when one of the bones or surrounding soft tissues become inflamed, metatarsalgia and its accompanying pain […]

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is characterized by acute pain in the ball of the upper foot region, or the area between the foot’s arch and toes. There are five metatarsal bones running down the middle of the foot from the toes to the ankle; when one of the nerves between the metatarsals becomes inflamed, metatarsalgia and its accompanying […]

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoids are tiny bones embedded in a tendon that allow the tendon to slide smoothly for ease of mobility. In the foot, there are two sesamoids underneath the bottom of the foot and near the big toe that allow the big toe to move up and down freely. These help with push-off activities such as […]

Plantar Fibromas

Plantar fibromas occur when benign tumors develop deep inside the plantar fascia, the dense fibrous ligaments that run along the bottom of the foot. The lumps or growths forming along the foot’s arch result in pain that is often felt in various areas of the foot. Plantar fibromas can lead to a multitude of other […]

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the fibrous tissue that runs along the arch of the foot to connect the heel bone and ball of the forefoot. Heel spurs are not the same as plantar fasciitis; however, the two conditions are associated. Since the plantar fascia is subjected to great amounts of impact […]

Flatfoot

Flatfoot is a deformity involving the arch of the foot, where the entire foot rests on the ground when standing, rather than the foot having a normal mid-foot rise. Flatfoot may result from the foot’s arch failing to develop properly during childhood, when standing and walking begin. It can also result from the foot’s arch […]

Capsulitis

Capsulitis occurs when a joint ligament in the foot becomes inflamed due to overstretching. These ligaments connect the bones across a joint. In the foot, capsulitis usually results from too much pressure to the forefoot as a result of trauma, overuse, or ill-fitting footwear. What Are Some Causes of Capsulitis In The Foot? Sudden trauma […]