If you have recently noticed that one or more of your toenails has thickened, changed color, taken on a new shape or is more prone to splitting, it is a good idea to see your podiatrist. Unfortunately, those symptoms may indicate that you have developed a toenail fungus. If left untreated, symptoms will often worsen, resulting in pain or even a bacterial infection. Since it is common to be unfamiliar with fungal infections of the toenail, being aware of the following questions and answers about this common health problem will be very helpful.
If you've been suffering from moderate to severe foot, heel, and ankle pain, you're not alone. Over two million people suffer from a condition called plantar fasciitis, according the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Plantar fasciitis occurs when there is extreme inflammation of the tissue at the bottom of your foot called the plantar fascia. The result is a stabbing, piercing pain upon walking or standing. If your podiatrist diagnosed you with this type of foot pain, there are several ways in which you can safely recover and begin to feel better when you walk or stand.
Do you always feel like there's a little rock or ball under your heel? Perhaps this issue is constant, or maybe you mostly notice it after you've spent a few hours on your feet. Chances are, you're suffering from something known as a heel spur. Here's a closer look at this condition and what you can do about it.
What is a heel spur?
A heel spur occurs when the heel bone, which is more formally known as the calcaneus, develops an extra bony growth in its surface.