Midfoot Maladies: Between the Toes and the Heel

Sometimes, the things that lie in-between don’t get as much attention as they deserve. Middle children will probably agree with us whole-heartedly here. When it comes to the feet, the toes are well taken care of and the many, many complaints of the heel also tend to get plenty of press. But what about all that real estate between the two?

The area we’re discussing here is often referred to as the midfoot. Between the long metatarsal bones and the relatively chunky bones of the rear foot, the midfoot contains a set of smaller bones as well as much of the plantar fascia.

Plantar fasciitis tends to hog the spotlight when it comes to midfoot-related injuries, as can general flatfoot conditions. However, there is plenty more than can happen in this region. The small bones here are not immune to stress fractures, it is even possible to sprain the midtarsal joint. These types of injuries tend to be seen in gymnasts and others engaged in lots of jumping activities.

While Achilles tendinitis gets mythical amounts of attention in the heel, extensor tendinitis in the midfoot is also a thing. These tendons run along the top of the foot, and can cause some swelling or additional pain when curling the toes.

A number of other midfoot problems are possible, including tarsal coalitions and Lisfranc injuries. The point is that pain in the middle of the foot does not deserve to be taken any more lightly than pain in the toes or heel. All foot pain is worth expert attention, and Dr. Kevin Powers in Bloomington, IN is here to provide just that. Call us at (812) 333-4422 to set up an appointment today.