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There are 26 bones in the human foot. Some people have extra bones (accessory ossicles) which are usually congenital (present at birth) but may also be due to previous trauma. These extra bones, which can occur with any bone in the foot, can be painless (asymptomatic) and are...
/conditions/extra-bones 1/10/2018 11:41:23 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
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
Articles by Type Narrow your foot and ankle health article search by selecting a category topic. Additional health information is available in the Foot and Ankle Conditions  section.    
/articles/categories 6/27/2017 2:23:45 PM
Browse Foot & Ankle Conditions The ACFAS presents this educational reference as a public service and for informational purposes only. The material is derived from the current medical knowledge on the topics listed. The content is not intended to be a substitute for profession...
/foot-ankle-conditions/browse-foot-ankle-conditions 11/6/2017 11:45:44 AM
Calf pain can result from many different causes. Sometimes something as simple as overactivity causes muscle strain in the calf. Or dietary imbalances may cause cramping in the calf. However, calf pain may be a symptom of more serious problems as well. Poor blood flow to the...
/conditions/calf-pain 11/8/2017 2:45:24 PM
Still Think High Heels Are Worth It? It’s not what fashion-conscious women want to hear—another warning about high heels. But wearing pump-style shoes often causes significant pain by irritating a common bony deformity on the back of the heel, called "pump bump."  If left un...
/article/still-think-high-heels-are-worth-it 12/6/2017 2:31:50 PM
Drop foot 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 ...
/conditions/drop-foot 1/10/2018 11:40:27 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
An uncontrolled urge to move one’s legs is referred to as restless legs.   This can happen while trying to sleep, while traveling or any time the legs are at rest. There is no known test to diagnose the problem; instead, the foot and ankle surgeon considers the individual’s h...
/conditions/restless-legs 1/10/2018 1:17:58 PM
Tired feet are not a medical condition but a common complaint related to various medical conditions. Abnormal foot structure (flatfoot or high-arched foot) can overburden the foot, resulting in muscle fatigue. Obesity, improper footwear, pregnancy, leg swelling, increased a...
/conditions/tired-feet 1/10/2018 2:07:31 PM
Toe walking, a condition in which a person walks on the toes or ball of the foot, is most often seen in young children learning to walk. A child who does not outgrow toe walking in early childhood should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon. Toe walking may be idiopathic ...
/conditions/toe-walking 1/10/2018 2:09:09 PM
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
Tingly feet can be a sign of nerve loss. The nerves in the feet come from the lower back. Pressure or chemical change in the nerve can cause a tingling sensation in the feet. Any sensation that is out of the ordinary can be an early sign of neurologic or vascular problems. In...
/conditions/tingly-feet 1/10/2018 2:06:14 PM
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