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Your feet and ankles

When your feet hurt, it can stop you in your tracks. UW Health podiatrists are here to help.

Your feet take a lot of wear and tear. When you’re still, they keep you stable. When you walk, they keep you moving. Your feet are also the body’s primary shock absorbers. By the time you turn 50, you will have walked about 75,000 miles on them.

Feet are highly complex structures that are essential to your overall well-being, and all of the bones, tendons and ligaments need to work properly together for optimal foot health.


Feet and ankle problems

Podiatrists treat patients of any age for a variety of foot-related conditions.

With 33 joints in each foot, this condition can be caused by inflammation, swelling or wear and tear on the joints.

These are common conditions resulting from direct contact with contaminated surfaces (such as in a locker room or gym shower) or even from sweaty, tight-fitting shoes.

These are problems with the bones in your feet that can be corrected.

These are thick hardened layers of skin that develop when the skin tries to protect itself against friction or pressure.

Nerves in your feet or lower legs can be damaged by diabetes, and sometimes serious complications can occur.

Some, such as stress fractures, can be treated with rest and use of a temporary “boot” to keep you from using the foot until the fracture heals; other fractures may require surgery.

This condition results from inflammation of the band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, often caused by wearing shoes that don’t provide sufficient support.

A typical nerve condition with runners, this condition makes you feel as if there is something in your shoe.

Many can be treated at home with ice, rest and over-the counter pain relievers, but a podiatrist can determine if more intervention is needed.

Caused by a soft tissue virus, warts often can improve with home treatment, however persistent or bleeding warts should be seen by a podiatrist.

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