Foot deformities encompass a broad spectrum of foot conditions, which generally affect the tendons and bones of the feet. A foot deformity can be common, such as a bunion, or extremely rare, such as a tarsal coalition. Either way, a foot deformity can be painful, uncomfortable, and limit movement and mobility, which impact a person’s daily life. Learn more about foot deformities, the potential symptoms, and how our podiatrists at Comprehensive Foot Specialists in Huntington, NY, regularly diagnose and treat foot deformities.
Many people have some extent of deformed feet or minor misalignments, which usually do not cause any signs or symptoms. However, for more severe cases of foot deformities, the physical issue can cause pain, affect basic physical activities (such as walking), cause the development of calluses and pressure sores, and more. The misalignment of the bones and tendons in the foot can also cause abnormal strains, resulting in wear and tear. This stress over time often leads to injury and osteoarthritis, and can even affect the knees, hips, and back.
Foot deformities can either be congenital or develop over a period of time. Listed below are some of the causes of a variety of foot deformities:
Placing a substantial amount of strain on the foot or regularly wearing tight and improper footwear can all lead to the development of a foot deformity. Other contributing factors for foot deformities include injuries, inflammation, and obesity, as well as diseases such as osteoarthritis and/or rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, genetics can cause a foot deformity, such as a clubfoot which can be passed down through families and cause the muscles to develop abnormally.
Foot deformities are diagnosed with a physical examination, where the doctor will analyze the appearance of the foot and any deformity that may be present. The patient’s knees, hips, and spine may also be evaluated. In order for the doctor to accurately diagnosis the foot deformity, an X-ray or CT scan may be required. This gives a more clear look at the skeletal properties of the feet, to fully determine which bones and tendons are affected or causing the deformity.
The underlying cause of the foot deformity will ultimately dictate the treatment options. Conservative measurements often include serial casting, orthotics, and foot/ankle bracing. If the deformity is unresponsive to these measures, oftentimes surgical intervention is warranted. If so, surgery often involves moving the muscles, tendons, and/or bones into a more corrected position. This allows for increased comfort and mobility for patients who have felt limited by their foot deformity.
At Comprehensive Foot Specialists, we have the extensive knowledge and skills needed to treat a variety of foot conditions, including all types of foot deformities. Whether your issue is common or extremely rare, you can trust our highly qualified podiatrists to provide an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment. Please contact us today to book an appointment and learn more about our expert team of podiatrists, as well as the variety of services we provide at our office in Huntington, NY.
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