Common Conditions

Ingrown toenails

An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the corner or edge of your toenail grows into the surrounding skin. This may cause pain, redness, and swelling. Your big toe is most likely to be affected. People who have diabetes are at greater risk of complications. Ingrown toenails may be caused by improperly trimmed toenails, very curved shape of toenails, incorrectly fitting shoes or repeated trauma to the feet. They may also be inherited.

Thickened nails

Thickened nails may be caused by injury to the nail bed or fungal infection. They can be easily and painlessly thinned down by a podiatrist.

Fungal infections

Fungal infections are characterised by thickening, discoloration and separation of the front of the nail from the nail bed.

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects your heel bone to your toes.

Symptoms include:

sharp pain in the heel and bottom of the foot

Pain is more severe with your first steps in the morning or following a period of rest

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a condition that affects the ball of your foot. It involves a thickening of the tissue around the nerves between your toe, most commonly between your third and fourth toes.

Morton’s neuroma causes a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb. Morton’s neuroma may also feel as if you are walking on a pebble.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that occurs when Achilles tendon, found at the back of your ankle becomes irritated and inflamed. The most common symptoms are pain and swelling at the back of your heel.

tendinitis can be caused by: repetitive or intense strain on the Achilles tendon, excessive running up hill or downhill, a sudden increase in the amount of exercise, ill-fitting shoes

Bunions

Bunion is a painful bony bump that develops on the joint at the base of the big toe. It forms when your big toe bends towards the second toe and the joint becomes red and painful.

Wearing overly tight shoes can cause bunions or make them worse. Bunions can run in the family. Bunion can also be caused by stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis.