Foot and ankle conditions can affect patients of all ages, and even supposedly minor foot problems can have a big impact on mobility and independence. From simple sprains to complex deformities, Mr Nirav Shah has decades of experience treating a wide range of conditions affecting the foot and ankle, using the latest surgical treatments.
Achilles tendonitis occurs when your Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, causing pain and tenderness. The condition can be caused by overuse, poor technique during exercise or by using the wrong equipment. If left untreated it can cause your Achilles tendon to thicken and develop nodules, and in rare cases your tendon can rupture.
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Bunions are caused by a deformity of the joint at the base of your big toe, causing the big toe to point inwards. Bunions often protrude and rub against footwear, creating further inflammation and sometimes thickening of the skin. In severe cases bunions can push against your other toes, causing pain and even deformity.
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A ganglion is a benign cyst that forms close to your joint or tendon. In most cases they are harmless and usually disappear by themselves. They can grow to the size of a plum, but unless they are close to a nerve they rarely cause any pain. We don’t know what causes ganglions, but they tend to be more common amongst individuals who have previously injured a joint or tendon.
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Metatarsalgia – or metatarsal pain – describes any pain that originates from the ball of your foot. It’s usually caused by damage to your bones and soft tissues as a result of excess pressure. Metatarsalgia symptoms usually develop slowly over time and may include pain, inflammation, numbness, hard skin and sometimes deformity.
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Plantar fasciitis is a very common foot problem where the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and thickened. It often occurs as result of multiple small injuries, which in turn can be caused by unsupportive footwear, excess weight, a tight Achilles tendon and overuse.
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