Your doctor will be concerned about your femurs, tibias, and fibulas, because they are the long bones in your legs with cartilage plates ("epiphyseal plates") that develop as you grow. The cartilage cells keep growing as you grow, but the process slows down as you reach your full height. Gradually, the cartilage is replaced by ossified (bony) cells. Foot disorders are common among dancers. No matter how good your ballet pointe shoes are, if the bones in your feet are not sufficiently developed, they will not be strong enough to sustain the heavy work required of pointe. Morton's neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of a nerve running on the bottom of the foot just behind the toes in the ball of the foot. The most common site is between the middle and ring toes. Here, the ground pushes up on the enlarged nerve and a deep ligament pushes down causing compression and irritation within a confined space. The most common symptom of Morton's neuroma is localized pain that can be sharp, shooting, tingling, or dull. The pain usually increases with tighter shoes and walking activity. Some of my patients complain of walking on a burning hot pebble or a lump in their shoe. The best way to deal with this kind of foot pain is to attempt to fix it while the problem is still not as serious as it can get. When you start feeling pain under your feet on a consistent basis then it's time to go check it out and see exactly what is going on. It may be a false alarm but you simply cannot take the risk of not knowing for sure. It is better to be safe than sorry as many people say. There are some excellent resources online for learning stretches and strengthening exercises for bulging discs, including a free course I offer at my website Because of their location in the foot and the role they play in walking, treatment of sesamoiditis is thorny. The sesamoids take a constant beating when a person walks and providing them the rest they need to recover is tricky. Add to that the fact that they are embedded within the tendons themselves, and it is easy to see why treatment of sesamoiditis, a form of tendonitis, is problematic. Sesamoidits is a frustrating condition. It is difficult to treat and can hamper a person's lifestyle greatly. It is important to quickly seek proper medical treatment from a physician. The longer treatment is put off, the more difficult treatment will be. When I would put on my tennis shoes to go walking, I would notice that one of the toes on my right foot would go numb - whichever toe it was changed from time to time. I didn't think much about it because it didn't happen every time and, living in southern California, I only wear closed-in shoes in the winter. I felt incredibly stupid. Here I am a Reflexologist who has studied foot conditions for over 25 years and have heard the very same description of a neuroma (that I was feeling) from many clients over the years. Never did I think I would ever develop this problem myself! Chiropractors will warn you against wearing your running shoes until you need to hold them together with duct tape. Instead, as the soles are wearing down replace them. Worn out shoes will no longer adequately cradle your foot and the run down soles will make it easier to step inappropriately. Move your arms as you run. Chiropractors are always amazed when they see beginning runners who do not move their arms in keeping with the movement of the opposite leg. While the runners may at times feel a little self conscious, the experienced runner knows that it is this very motion that ensures the body's proper transference of body weight. A bunion shows as a bone enlargement, a bulge on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe. In more extreme and painful cases, the big toe even grows forcedly beneath the second toe. This can push the remaining toes of the foot out of place and cause further discomfort, anxiety and pain in the foot In bunion pain cases, surgery becomes the last resort to correct disfigurement caused by the disorder. All of the diseases and conditions that cause pain in the foot can be prevented or treated using proper care, and by carefully following the advice given by medical professionals. About the Author If it is a symptom of diabetic neuropathy, then suitable medicines are given for controlling blood glucose. Additionally, other medicines are also given to provide relief from pain and numbness. Those who have Morton's neuroma are advised to give rest to their feet completely. Besides, massaging of the feet and wearing of low heeled shoes with soft soles ensure faster recovery from the problem. If these measures do not yield results, then surgery is conducted for the removal of neuroma. Doctors first try to treat bunions with non surgical treatment. It involves pain killers, wearing of comfortable shoes, and use of shoe inserts.