Do you have discomfort at the top part of your foot? Maybe you are suffering from a sports injury? If you do then you know how frustrating it can be. Day-to-day activities like walking, stretching even light exercise can be painful. If this sounds like you, then there are a few causes for your foot and ankle discomfort. Here are three top causes for foot and ankle discomfort.

  1. Stress Fractures

Many people in the UK suffer from stress fractures. Stress fractures can be the result of an individual overusing their feet. If you regularly take part in activities such as running, jogging, or even sports, like tennis and basketball, where you move a lot on the feet then these can all cause stress fractures. Typical symptoms of a stress fracture are discomfort and inflammation that over time slowly gets worse.

  1. Bone Spurs

Another foot ailment is a bone spur. A bone spur is an abnormal bone growth. Bone spurs grow on any bone but usually grows near to the ankle joints. Bone spurs are the result of continual friction and strain on a bone during a period of time which can end in osteoarthritis. Typically, bone spurs are referred to as calcaneal spurs, which can also be found within the heel bone zone. Many people who suffer from bone spurs may not report on having any discomfort. However, this is not always the case when bone spurs intrude on connecting muscles, cartilage, tendons and bones, which can leave a person in various levels of discomfort.

  1. Hammertoe

People in the UK who suffer from hammertoe do so from muscle disproportion that can result in the deformity of the small joints within a person’s toes. If you wear ill-fitting footwear then these can irritate the condition further. The condition can also be passed on via genetics through a family. It is recommended that if you have this condition then you should speak with a medical professional immediately who may recommend bespoke orthotics before different types of surgery are suggested.


Dr. Federico Usuelli is one of the world’s most renowned foot and ankle surgeons and offers unrivalled physiotherapy, and advanced non-evasive surgery to all UK patients.

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