The metatarsal bones are the bones that run along the top of your foot, connecting your ankle to your toes. The act of running puts a lot of stress on these bones, and as a result, some runners end up with stress fractures of the metatarsal bones: fractures that occur as a result of repeated strain. As a runner, knowing a bit about the symptoms of metatarsal stress fractures, as well as how they can be prevented and treated, will come in handy.
If you have pain above the heel of your foot, you may have Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon runs from your calf to your heel bone. When you injure it, you can feel pain anywhere along the lower back of your leg, but it's common to feel the pain just above your heel. Achilles tendonitis is fairly common, but you shouldn't ignore it because repeated injury can lead to more serious problems such as a rupture of the tendon.
You think there's something in your shoe, but you take it off to find nothing there. Even when you're barefoot, it feels like you're stepping on something in the area between your third and fourth toes. Does this sound familiar? If you're suffering from these symptoms, there's a good chance they're caused by a neurological condition known as Morton's neuroma.
What is Morton's neuroma?
Morton's neuroma is a condition in which the tissue near the base of your toes thickens, causing it to put excessive pressure on a nerve in this area.
If you are lying in bed, and all of a sudden feel an unpleasant or uncomfortable sensation in your legs and then the urge to move them, you likely have restless legs syndrome. This problem generally happens at night while you are lying in your bed and goes away when you get out of bed in the morning. You can get relief temporarily by moving your legs or getting up and walking.
Bunions aren't a foot problem unique to adults. Juvenile hallux valgus is a more common problem than many parents realize -- often occurring during a child's teenage years. You also may not know there's a good chance that if your child has bunions, he or she has inherited the condition. But if bunions run in your family, there are signs you can watch for and steps you can take to help keep your child's feet healthy.