Common Foot Problems

This web site has been developed for public information to enable a better understanding of foot ailments and the best way to manage them. Click on a subject below to learn more about some of these common foot problems, and how they are treated. Please contact the staff at Blacktown Podiatry for assistance with your foot problems.

Diabetic Neuropathy

The best way to prevent neuropathy is to keep blood glucose levels as close to the normal range as possible. Maintaining safe blood glucose levels protects nerves throughout the body.
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Fungal Nails

Many people have thickened, discolored toenails and fingernails. About 50% of these abnormal nails are due to a fungal infection of the nail bed, matrix, or nail plate.
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Ingrown Toe Nails

An ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) occurs when an edge of the nail penetrates the skin. This often results in an infection...
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Leg Length Discrepancy

Leg length discrepancies can vary anywhere from 4mm to 60mm. The greater the discrepancy, the more a person must compensate his or her normal posture and gait (walking pattern) in day to day life.
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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease is a combination of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Peripheral Venous Disease. PAD is more common in diabetes patients than PVD.
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Scoliosis

Scoliosis describes the most common type of spinal curvature. It is simply a descriptive term, like backache, not an actual condition.
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Tinea Pedis

Tinea is also known as athlete's foot or simply as a fungal infection of skin of the feet. During warmer weather, the incidence of tinea will increase as the infecting organisms thrive on warm and moist environments (such as the feet).
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Diabetic Foot Care/Risk Assessment

Not all people with diabetes develop foot problems. In many cases serious problems can be prevented.
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Dry Skin/Cracked Heels

Dry skin is obvious in appearance. The reason dry skin becomes such a problem is that lack of moisture makes the skin much less elastic and flexible.
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Heel Pain

Heel pain can become a chronic disabling problem if not accurately diagnosed at an early stage and the appropriate treatment implemented.
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Foot, Hip and Knee Pain

Foot, knee and hip pain can be the result of biomechanical foot imbalance. Excessive pronation (feet rolling in too far, very low arched feet on weightbearing) or excessive supination (feet rolling out, very high arch on weightbearing) creates poor foot and leg alignment when walking, creating an unstable and inefficient base of support for your body
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Morton's Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma describes the presence of thickened fibrous tissue surrounding nerve tissue, (also called perineural fibroma). The affected nerves run between the long metatarsal bones of the foot. Most commonly between the 3rd and 4th and 2nd and 3rd metatarsals.
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Plantar Warts

# Plantar wart is a term generally used to describe warts found on the feet and toes, particularly on the plantar surface or bottom of the foot.
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