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                                                          You are not alone. And you do NOT have to live with it. The average person walks 5,000 to 7,000 steps a day which is why it is no surprise many experience some of the following foot ailments.

Neuromas - These occur when the nerve becomes entrapped usually behind your 3rd and 4th toes. Symptoms include shooting pain, tingling, burning and/or numbness in the ball of your foot. Often these are treated effectively non-surgically.

Hammertoes - Noticed a bump on the top of your toe? Experiencing pain when wearing closed-in shoes? If left untreated, the bone may fuse and require surgery.

Bunions - Often caused by a deviation of the great toe, this foot ailment makes wearing closed-in shoes difficult if not impossible. However, it can be treated with surgery with minimal recovery time.

Stress Fractures - Exercise and athletic activities may result in a bone fracture caused by improper weight bearing. Often the onset of pain is sudden and without a history of injury. The area may also appear red, hot and swollen. Treatment usually include physical therapy and immobilization while ambulatory. 

Excessive Pronation -  This creates excessive stretching or pulling on the tissue which connects to the bottom back of your heal bone. Often it will cause arch pain as well as pain in the hip, knee and lower back. When diagnosed properly, treatment is very effective.

"Orthotics are often an effective treatment for many foot pain conditions. If required, we recommend custom orthotics as no two feet are the same. With a custom device, we scan your foot electronically to determine correct foot size, accurate foot type and identify pressure points when in the correct biomechanical position," according to Dr. Scott Jason. "There is a difference from over-the-counter products."

For more information on foot pain click on www.APMA.org

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