What causes pain in the ball of the foot?

sesamoiditis

Firstly, if you have pain in the ball of your foot, you are not alone- this is something that we treat in clinic on a daily basis.  There are many conditions that can cause pain in the ball of your foot.  Conditions such as sesamoiditis, capsulitis, plantar plate tear, Morton’s neuroma or even systemic conditions…

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Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?

Private Podiatry is becoming increasingly popular due the convenience of the service and short waiting lists.  With services stretched, you may not qualify for treatment on the NHS or face a lengthy waiting list to be seen.  Our clinics in Edinburgh and Perth, offer quick access to expert care when you need it the most. …

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Sesamoiditis

sesamoiditis

The sesamoid bones are two small bones that sit directly underneath the big toe joint.  The bones themselves sit within a tendon and help the toe joint move correctly.  Sesamoiditis is a painful condition that affects these bones, and causes pain on the underside of the big toe joint.    What causes sesamoiditis?  The sesamoid bones can be…

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Best treatment for Metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia

Before we can understand what is the best treatment for metatarsalgia, we must first of all we need to understand what metatarsalgia actually is.  Metatarsalgia is actually not a specific diagnosis but a term that is used to describe any condition that causes pain in the ball of the foot.  If you are suffering from…

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What is Moccasin Tinea Pedis?

tinea pedis

Moccasin tinea pedis is caused by a fungal infection of the skin on your feet.  It is a common cause of dry, itchy, scaly skin on the soles of the feet.  70% of the population may be affected by Athlete’s foot at some point in their life. People are most familiar with athlete’s foot between…

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Do Orthotics work?

orthotics

Have you ever seen orthotics or insoles in people’s shoes and wondered “what do those actually do?”, “Do I need them?”, “Do they make a difference?”or “Do orthotics work?”. At Footcare Scotland, we specialise in the treatment of foot, ankle and lower limb musculoskeletal injuries.  We use orthotics (foot orthoses), where appropriate, to help manage…

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Steroid injections for plantar fasciitis- do they work?

Plantar fasciitis

Steroid injections for plantar fasciitis are a common treatment – but do they work?  Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition that presents as pain on the underside of the heel.  It is particularly sore first thing in the morning and after periods of inactivity.  It is a very common issue, and something that we…

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Nutrition and diet

Nutrition

At a recent sports medicine conference, I was lucky enough to listen to a lecture from esteemed sports medicine doctor, Dr. Peter Brukner.  He spoke about the effects of nutrition not only on sporting performance but on our general health.  He is passionate about reducing the amount of sugar that we eat and has set…

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How long does it take to recover from nail surgery? 

One of the things we get asked about most often when people are considering an operation for an ingrown toenail is, “how long does it take to recover from nail surgery?” We get it- you want life to be as normal as possible. You want to know you’re going to be able to walk, run, swim,…

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Can you walk after nail surgery?

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably considering having nail surgery for an ingrown toenail and you want to know how much this procedure might impact your life straight after. If that’s you, you might want to check out our Ultimate Guide to Nail Surgery.   So, can you walk after nail surgery?  The short…

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