Different Foot Conditions Caused By Improperly Fitting Shoes

By: joshuap
There are a number of foot conditions that can result over time from shoes that don't fit properly. These include plantar fasciitis, bunions, corns and calluses, Morton's neuroma metatarsalgia, and toe conditions such as hammer toes/claw toes and ingrown toenails.

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which inflammation is brought on by too much stretching taking place of the plantar fascia, which is the tissue that extends the full length of the foot bottom. Plantar fasciitis can lead to other problems such as heel spurs, arch pain and excessive heel pain. The pain originates from where the heel and arch of the foot meet. The pain often lessens throughout the day. Always wear shoes and preferably arch supports that help support and protect your arch and wear ones that have proper shock absorption. People suffering from plantar fasciitis are not encouraged to walk around barefoot at any time.

Bunions, another common foot condition, are a very obvious bump that forms on the inside of the foot around the joint of the big toe. Corns are a build up of dead skin cells that are made worse by the rubbing of ill fitting shoes. Corns are usually found on the toes, the top or sides, and they form a thick hardened spot that contains a cone shaped middle, which exposes the nerve and causes pain and discomfort. Unlike corns, calluses don't have a center core and generally develop on the bottom of the foot, the heel and sometimes areas of the toes. In order to prevent bunions, corns and calluses always wear footwear that fits your feet properly as well as socks, pantyhose and stockings. Always buy footwear that boosts a wide toe box, which gives the toes lots of room to move.

Morton's neuroma metatarsalgia is a condition that causes inflammation in the metatarsal region of the foot (the area right before the toes or the ball of the foot). This condition causes bones to squeeze a nerve between the third and fourth metatarsal head and some people experience acute, recurrent pain while others develop chronic pain in the area of the ball of the foot. If you suffer from metatarsalgia always wear footwear that has a higher, wider toe box and a deep cup complete with metatarsal padding and support. Getting into the habit of wearing an arch support with a pad is wise as well because it decreases pressure on the foot and redistributes the weight properly.

Hammertoes can occur in any of the big toes with the exception of the big one. In both hammertoes and claw toes a toe is raised higher than it should be and this leads to a great deal of pressure and pain. An ingrown toenail takes places when a toenail grows directly into the skin or else it grows over the side of the toenail causing a great deal of pain. In order to avoid these extremely uncomfortable foot conditions you need to retain the foot's natural shape in a shoe so always choose footwear that has a wide toe area (or toe box). Arch supports as well, help to distribute weight better.
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