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What Is Haglund’s Deformity?   Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against shoes. This often leads to painful bursitis, which is an inflammation of the b...
/conditions/haglund’s-deformity 1/10/2018 12:14:07 PM
What Is Gout?   Gout is a disorder that results from the buildup of uric acid in the tissues or a joint. It most often affects the joint of the big toe. Causes Gout attacks are caused by deposits of crystallized uric acid in the joint. Uric acid is present in the blood and...
/conditions/gout 1/10/2018 12:05:53 PM
Gangrene occurs when there is a lack of blood supply to tissue, depriving it of oxygen, and thereby causing death and decay of the tissue. The two types of gangrene are wet (caused by bacterial infection) and dry (no infection). The most common causes of gangrene are diabetes...
/conditions/gangrene 1/10/2018 12:05:03 PM
What Is a Ganglion Cyst?   A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with a jellylike fluid that originates from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. The word “ganglion” means knot and is used to describe the knot-like mass or lump that forms below the surface of the skin.  Ganglion ...
/conditions/ganglion-cyst 1/10/2018 12:04:43 PM
Frostbite occurs when a body part is exposed to extreme cold. If conditions are cold enough for the water within the tissues to freeze and form ice crystals, cell death can occur. The feet, hands, ears and nose are particularly prone to frostbite due to their location away fr...
/conditions/frostbite 1/10/2018 12:02:55 PM
What Is a Fifth Metatarsal Fracture?   Fractures (breaks) are common in the fifth metatarsal—the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. Two types of fractures that often occur in the fifth metatarsal are: Avulsion fracture. In an avul...
/conditions/fractures-of-the-fifth-metatarsal 1/10/2018 12:00:48 PM
Football players can receive injuries to the foot and ankle due to running, side-to-side cutting or from direct trauma, such as from another player during a tackle. They should be aware of the following risks: Inversion ankle sprains can damage the ankle ligaments and ...
/conditions/football-injuries-to-the-foot-and-ankle 1/10/2018 12:00:16 PM
A rash on the foot can have a variety of causes. It may be a form of eczema, which is usually very itchy. It also may be an allergic reaction to something with which your feet have come into contact, such as materials in your shoe or poison ivy. Another common reason for a fo...
/conditions/foot-rash 1/10/2018 11:59:19 AM
Foot odor is a common condition in children and adults who wear shoes on a daily basis. People with smelly feet may also suffer from sweaty feet. Most people with this condition will have sweaty and smelly feet year round, not just in the hot summer months. The odor is produc...
/conditions/foot-odor 1/10/2018 11:58:34 AM
Foot lumps are soft-tissue masses (not bone) that can occur anywhere on the foot. They can be caused by soft-tissue swelling, sacs of fluid, fatty tissue and nerve, vessel or muscle enlargements. Foot lumps may be without pain (asymptomatic), or they can cause pain and affect...
/conditions/foot-lumps 1/10/2018 11:55:24 AM
Foot drop refers to the inability to lift the front part of one’s foot off the ground when walking, resulting in a scuffing or dragging of the foot or lifting the thigh (known as steppage gait). It is most often caused by nerve or muscle disorders or damage or by a central ne...
/conditions/foot-drop 1/10/2018 11:53:00 AM
Foot bumps are bony projections that can occur anywhere on the foot. They can be a natural enlargement of a foot bone, or they can be an extra bone. They can be asymptomatic (without pain) or symptomatic (painful). If they are not painful, they can usually be accommodated by ...
/conditions/foot-bumps 1/10/2018 11:52:33 AM
Arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 100 diseases. Arthritis means “joint inflammation.” When it affects joints of the foot, it can produce swelling and pain and may eventually result in deformity, loss of joint function and decreased ability to walk. The mos...
/conditions/foot-arthritis 1/10/2018 11:43:53 AM
What Is Flatfoot?   Flatfoot is often a complex disorder, with diverse symptoms and varying degrees of deformity and disability. There are several types of flatfoot, all of which have one characteristic in common: partial or total collapse (loss) of the arch. Other characte...
/conditions/flexible-flatfoot 1/10/2018 11:42:17 AM
Fallen arches is a term commonly used to describe a flatfoot condition that develops during adulthood. This should not be confused with other causes of flatfoot that may develop during childhood or adolescence. Most cases of fallen arches develop when the main arch-supportin...
/conditions/fallen-arches 1/10/2018 11:41:44 AM
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