Background Persistent foot pain can present difficulties in both diagnosis and
Objective This article aims to describe an approach to diagnosis and
management based on the location of the pain, the patient’s age,
and the type of activity being undertaken.
Discussion Accurate diagnosis is important for persistent foot pain, as the
investigation and management varies significantly between
conditions. As a background to understanding common
conditions encountered, this article reviews the age related
changes in foot structure, foot loading and pathologies. A more
detailed discussion of commonly encountered conditions follows.
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