One of the primary functions of the feet is to bear the entire weight of your body. When something is wrong with your feet or ankle, everything else seems to be out of condition. You may already be suffering from any of the three most common foot and ankle problems characterised by pain and loss of function.
Severe pain at the heel bottom
Severe heel pain may be due to a number of causes, the most common of which is plantar fasciitis. This ligament runs along the sole of the feet, and it becomes overstretched if you have foot arch issues. If you wake up in the morning with pain at the heel bottom, then the ligament may be inflamed. Sometimes, resting the feet and wearing more supportive footwear improves the symptoms. Other causes of heel pain are spurs, nerve irritation, stress fracture of the small bones of the feet, or arthritis.
Pain in the foot and ankle from joint inflammation
Joint inflammation is the main cause of problems in arthritis. The bones of the feet may develop the same kind of problems as other joints affected by the diseases. Standing, walking, and other activities are difficult due to intense pain, swelling, and tenderness around the joints of the feet. The big toe is usually the location for painful uric acid deposits that characterise gouty arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are two of the other common types of arthritis to manifest.
Foot problems related to diabetes
Persons diagnosed with diabetes must check their legs and feet for cuts and wounds regularly. Aside from causing poor healing of sores, diabetes may also affect sensory nerves resulting in poor sensation. You might already have a festering wound without being aware of it. At the first sign of pain and dysfunction, it is advisable to seek the opinion of a foot and ankle specialist.
Do not delay when you feel pain while walking, or difficulty keeping the weight balanced between the feet.