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When you’re suffering from foot pain or discomfort, it can be incredibly debilitating and can cause you a great deal of unnecessary stress. Common causes of foot problems can range from injury to congenital defects, with each issue causing a different level of pain and unpleasantness. Whether it’s your foot, ankle or lower leg that you’re having trouble with, our podiatrists are here to help.

Here at Doncaster Foot Clinic, we can help diagnose and treat all lower leg and foot issues that are causing you problems. From common injuries to medical conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, we can help you on the road to recovery by providing our expert opinion and high standard treatments.

If you’re experiencing issues in your feet or lower legs, but aren’t sure what the problem is, read on below to see if we can help you.

Biomechanical Injury

If your pain is the result of an injury sustained from activities such as work or sports, then that’s known as a biomechanical injury. Biomechanics focuses on the movements of the human body, and studies how the muscles, bones and joints work together. When a part of your foot or leg becomes damaged, it can affect your ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Common biomechanical complaints include:

  • High arch/heel pain
  • Achilles pain, such as Achilles tendonitis
  • Ball of the foot pain
  • Ankle, knee and hip pain
  • Shin splints

There are plenty of reasons why someone may develop a biomechanical injury, such as running, working out, or even just completing day to day activities. Here at Doncaster Foot Clinic, we can help you identify exactly what damage has been done in order for the appropriate treatment to be administered.

Bunions and Hammertoes

Whilst similar in appearance, bunions and hammertoes have different effects on the feet, and can be caused by a variety of issues. Bunions appear when the bones in the foot become misaligned, causing the big toe to bend towards the rest.  They can be caused by a number of reasons, such as wearing narrow, tight-fitting shoes or arthritis. If untreated, you may need surgery to remove them.

A hammertoe is a toe that bends abnormally in the middle joint, making it resemble a hammer. This condition can be considerably painful, and is caused by an imbalance of muscles, ligaments and tendons that are meant to keep the toe straight and in place. Whilst some are born with hammertoes, it can usually be caused by health conditions such as arthritis or by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly.

Our fully qualified podiatrists here at Doncaster Foot Clinic can advise you on the best footwear to help correct your hammertoes, and can remove any corns and calluses brought on by them.

Toenail Issues

One of the most common causes of foot pain can be ingrown or fungal toenails. Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful, and can lead to infection if you attempt to remove it yourself. It’s important that you contact a podiatrist if you believe you have an ingrown toenail, as they can remove it effectively and can lower the risk of repercussions. There are a number of reasons why someone may develop an ingrown toenail, such as improper grooming, badly fitted shoes or trauma.

Fungal toenails can be picked up in damp environments such as communal changing rooms or swimming pools. They are highly contagious and can make wearing shoes uncomfortable, so it’s important to seek treatment right away. If left alone, it could spread to the rest of your feet, and cause athlete’s foot.

Common Foot Problems

There are a range of other causes for foot pain, whether they be gained through injury or infection. Conditions such as verrucas and athlete’s foot are both spread from person to person in damp environments and are common amongst swimmers. Other pains, such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and shin splints can all be caused by excessive wear and tear on the feet and lower legs.

Here at Doncaster Foot Clinic, our expert team can diagnose and treat a range of different foot pains and discomforts. Our fully trained podiatrists can assess your ailment in a professional manner and will provide the best advice for treatment. If you would like to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists, please give us a call on 01302 342 971.

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Possible Causes of Foot Pain