foot (fut) (fet) plural.feet,
BONES OF FOOT AND ANKLE: Left foot, lateral view
The terminal part of the leg below the ankle. The bones of the foot include the tarsals, metatarsals, and phalanges. See: illustration
for illus.; skeleton
A scaling, cracked, or macerated rash, typically found between the toes and usually caused by a fungal skin infection (such as tinea) although bacteria may also be involved. The rash is usually mildly itchy. Synonym: dermatophytosis
; tinea pedisillustration
The feet, esp. the webbing between the toes, should be carefully dried after bathing. Well-ventilated shoes and absorbent socks should be worn. Topically applied antifungal drugs, such as terbinafine, effectively treat the condition except when maceration is prominent and bacterial infection is also present. In these instances, oral antibiotics are needed.
A condition in which a cleft extends between the digits to the metatarsal region, usually due to a missing digit and metatarsal. Synonym: split foot
A condition of the feet, resulting from prolonged immersion in cold water, in which pain and inflammation are followed by swelling, discoloration, and numbness. Synonym: tropical immersion foot
A colloquial term for tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Madura foot See: Madura foot
An insidious fracture of one of the metatarsal bones of the foot. See: march fracture
Non-filarial lymphatic obstruction of the legs, commonly found in volcanic regions of Africa, where it occurs primarily in those who walk barefoot on alkaline, mineral-rich soil. Synonym: podoconiosis
An artificial foot designed to absorb the impact of foot-to-floor contact with a dynamic elastic structure.
split footCleft foot.
Twisted foot in locomotor ataxia.
Degeneration of the skin of the feet due to prolonged exposure to moisture. The condition, which resembles frostbite, may be prevented by ensuring that clean, dry socks are worn at all times. The feet do not have to be exposed to cold to develop this condition.
Solid ankle cushion heel foot; a prosthetic foot that has no definite ankle joint but is designed to absorb shock and allow movement of the shank over the foot during ambulation.
tropical immersion footImmersion foot.
Patient discussion about feet
Q. I think my son has flat foot, how to tell for sure? I didn't notice it before, he is 3 years old now and all shoes hurt him. Does it mean he has flat foot? what else can it be?
A. Pes planus (flat foot) is not a rare condition in toddlers, and may resolves spontaneously as the child grows. It is diagnosed clinically, i.e. by a doctor such as pediatrician or pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and radiographs are not universally indicated
Q. Can flat feet be repaired by surgery? I have flat feet and I’m looking for all sorts of treatments for it- I heard there is a surgery for it- is it helpful?
A. As far as I know- they don’t treat flat feet that are asymptomatic. So first of all check if it bothers you. secondly there are 2 kinds of flat feet- rigid and flexible. There are different and treated differently. Not always a surgery (which is very painful and costly) is needed– I went to a Rolf method therapist by the advice of my orthopedic and it’s much better now. Ask an orthopedic.
Q. Is it possible to have fibromyalgia in your feet and hands? Can you explain? I am very eager to know whether anybody is here with the symptoms of mine. My thumb hurts so much that it's difficult for me to write, and both my feet hurt when I put any weight on them. My hands and feet used to be the only parts of my body that didn't hurt. Is it possible to have fibromyalgia in your feet and hands? Can you explain?
A. Calcium/magnesiumMore discussions about feet
cod liver oil
flax seed oil
raw apple cider vinegar
avoid highly process foods, especially white sugar and white flour