Foot Bones

There are 26 bones in the foot. These include:

  • The phalanges, which are the bones in your toes

  • The metatarsals, which run through the flat part of your foot

  • The cuneiform bones, the navicularis, and the cuboid, all of which function to give your foot a solid yet somewhat flexible foundation

  • The calcaneus, which is the bone in your heel

  • The talus, which is the bone in your ankle

  • The talus connects to the tibia, which is the main bone in your lower leg

  • Inability to put pressure on your foot is a sign that you may have sprained, broken, or fractured something; or have neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, or overpronation. You may require a splint or even minimally invasive surgery to solve the problem. Overpronation can lead to serious pain - and not just in your feet. HyProCure® treatment performed by your certified HyProCure® podiatrist can treat overpronation caused by misalignment, and minimize or eliminate pain in your feet, knees, and hips. 

Heel spurs are another source of foot pain. These are abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of your heel. You can get them from wearing the wrong shoes or from an abnormal walk or posture, or even from activities like running. The spurs may hurt while you’re walking or standing. Lots of people have them, but most don’t have pain. People with flat feet or high arches are more likely to have painful heel spurs.

To treat them:

you might

  • Wear a cutout heel pad.

  • Use a custom-made insert (called an orthotic) worn in the shoe.

  • Wear shoes that fit well and have shock-absorbing soles.

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers.

  • Rest your foot.

  • Try physical therapy.

  • If you still have pain, ask our podiatrist about medical procedures.

Heel Pain

If your pain is in your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis. That’s an irritation or inflammation of the band of tough tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. Usually, it hurts the worst in the morning when you’re getting out of bed. You can feel it in your heel or in your arch.

To treat it:

  • Rest your foot.

  • Do heel and foot muscle stretches.

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers.

  • Wear shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole.