The English language can be confusing sometimes. There are many words that sound similar, but have different meanings, like “accept” and “except” or “plane” and “plain.” Plenty of other words mean similar things, so they get used interchangeably, like “little” and “small.” Still others are similar, but have slightly different—and important—meanings, like “common” and “normal.” Something that is common may happen often or be easy to find, but that doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be normal. Such is the case with common foot and ankle conditions.
Unfortunately, because these problems are common and happen to many people, some believe that the pain they cause is normal. This isn’t true. Foot or ankle discomfort or problems functioning aren’t meant to be normal. They’re signs that your lower limbs need medical care, so you can eliminate the pain and go back to enjoying your life.
Here are just a few of the most common foot and ankle conditions that people mistakenly believe are a normal part of life:
- Heel Pain – Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, heel bursitis, and more can make the back of your foot hurt.
- Bunions – This forefoot deformity creates a large bulge at the base of your big toe that can make wearing shoes very challenging.
- Fallen Arches – Some adults find their arches “fall” and flatten out as they get older. This can cause pain and overuse problems.
- Foot Odor – Smelly feet are unpleasant and embarrassing for many people, but you don’t have to live with it.
- Discolored Toenails – This could be an infection, or it could be an injury. In any case, it’s a sign that your toenails should be examined.