Your feet take a beating every day, but we sometimes neglect how much stress we put on them – or wear the proper footwear for the right situation. However, having sore feet can slow you down or worse, make it almost impossible to walk.
There are many foot and lower leg conditions that can be assessed by a podiatrist or a doctor, to help put a spring back in your step. Whether you need orthotic shoes or have another underlying health condition, here are seven possible reasons your feet are tender.
Doctors call that bump hallux valgus, but you might know it as a bunion. Bunions form when the bone or tissue at the joint at the bottom of the big toe moves out of place. Years of abnormal motion and pressure on the joint forces the big toe to bend toward the others, which causes an often-painful lump on the joint.
This joint at the base of the big toe carries much of your weight while walking, so bunions can cause severe and constant pain. The joint may become so stiff and sore that shoes may be too painful to wear.
These are characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out.
Causes for bunion formation are wearing shoes that are too narrow, but can also be the result of an inherited structural defect or excess stress on the foot. The skin over the bunion can become red and sore.
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