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Bunions

What is a Bunion? A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint).  Bunions form when the toe moves out of place.  The enlargement and its protuberance cause friction and pressure as...

Callus

What is a Callus? A callus is a thickened area of skin on the foot caused by pressure and repeated rubbing, such as from a shoe or sock.  The rubbing causes the skin to produce a layer of protective skin (a callus).  Calluses vary in size and can become painful....

Foot Fracture

What is a Foot Fracture? There are 26 bones in the foot.  These bones support our weight and allow us to walk and run.  Certain activities or injuries can cause a fracture, or break, in one or more of these bones.  Pain, swelling, redness and even bruising are signs...

Metatarsalgia | Ball of Foot

What is Metatarsalgia – Ball of Foot Pain? Metatarsalgia is a general name given to pain in the front part of your foot under the heads of your metatarsal bones. This is the area on the sole of your foot, just before your toes. It is sometimes called the ball of...

Plantar Warts

What Is a Plantar Wart? A wart is a small growth on the skin that develops when the skin is infected by a virus.  Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but they typically appear on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot.   Plantar warts most commonly occur in...

Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma (Intermetatarsal Neuroma) What Is a Neuroma? A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body.  The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton’s neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toes. It is...

Corns

What is a Corn? A corn is a small circular thickened lesion in the skin of the foot. It usually forms due to repeated pressure on the skin, such as the rubbing of a shoe. The name “corn” comes from its resemblance to a kernel of corn. A corn is different from a callus...