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Conditions InDepth: Foot Pain
|Normal Anatomy of the Left Foot|
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- Poor-fitting shoes
- High-heeled shoes
- Poor posture
- High impact exercise (such as running)
- Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)—Arthritis can cause stiffness and reduced range of motion.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease—This condition affects the legs and feet by causing reduced blood flow, swelling, and increased risk of infection.
- Diabetes —A common complication of diabetes is reduced blood flow, which causes a number of problems in the legs and feet including abnormal sensation, swelling, and increased risk of infection.
- Gout —Gout may cause pain and swelling in the great toe.
Foot care. American Diabetes Association website. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/foot-complications/foot-care.html . Accessed December 28, 2012.
Foot care. National Institute on Aging website. Available at: http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/foot-care . Updated April 18, 2012. Accessed December 28, 2012.
Foot care 101. American Podiatric Medical Association site. Available at: http://www.apma.org/files/FileDownloads/myFEETFootCare101.pdf . Accessed December 28, 2012.
Foot care basics: preventing and treating common foot conditions. Harvard Medical School website. Available at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/special%5Fhealth%5Freports/Foot%5FCare%5FBasics . Accessed December 28, 2012.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014
- Update Date: 03/18/2013