Common foot problems include athlete's foot, bunions, diabetes-related foot complications, gout and rheumatoid arthritis, explains the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists. Heel pain, osteoarthritis, sweaty feet, calluses and ingrown toenails are other common complaints among podiatry patients.
Athlete's foot is a fungal foot condition that results in red, blistered, itchy, scaling or peeling areas of skin on the foot, notes the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists. It is common for the infection to appear between the toes or near the heel of the foot. As the name implies, athletes are especially prone to the condition as a result of either wearing cramped athletic shoes or walking barefoot in athletic environments such as swimming pools. The inside of athletic shoes is warm, sweaty and dark, making it easier for the fungus to breed.
Numerous foot problems can arise due to diabetes complications, states the American Diabetes Association. Nerve damage can cause diabetes patients to experience pain or decreased sensation in their feet. Decreased sensation is particularly dangerous because patients may not initially realize when they suffer a foot injury, such as a tack in the foot or a serious blister, causing them to delay seeking treatment. Poor circulation is another concern with diabetes patients, as it can lessen their feet's ability to heal from infections.