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Common Foot Ailments FAQ in Huntsville, Alabama


What are bunions, and how can I treat them?

Bunions usually begin when the big toe starts moving slowly toward the smaller toes. The movement of the joint in this outward direction starts the formation of a bunion. Bunions also may be associated with various forms of arthritis. If left untreated, bunions tend to get larger and are usually more painful. Bunion surgery is an option to alleviate this condition. The purpose of bunion surgery is to remove the enlargement and realign the joint to restore normal function.
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What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band running from your heel to the ball of your foot. This band pulls on the heel bone, raising the arch of your foot as it pushes off the ground. But if your foot moves incorrectly, the plantar fascia may become strained. The fascia may swell and its tiny fibers may begin to fray.

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a toenail with an edge that pushes into the skin and soft tissue at the side of the nail; this causes redness, swelling and pain and can lead to infection. Symptoms can be worse when you are wearing shoes that put pressure on the nail. The nail on the big toe becomes ingrown more often than other toenails. Ingrown toenails can be caused by cutting toenails improperly, by wearing shoes that fit poorly, or by injuring the nail bed. There is a minor office procedure that offers permanent corrections.
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What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a deformity in which one or more of the small toes develop a bend at the joint between the first and second segments so that the tip of the toe turns downward, making it look like a hammer or claw.