A foot deformity can affect the function of your foot, which may lead to pain that makes walking difficult. At Texas Orthopaedic Associates in Dallas, Plano, Weatherford, Keller, and Fort Worth, Texas, the team of skilled practitioners specializes in diagnosing and treating foot deformities. If you have a foot deformity, the team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates can help. Call the office nearest you today or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.
FOOT DEFORMITY Q&A
What is a foot deformity?
A foot deformity is an abnormal foot structure. The bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your feet are designed for strength and flexibility so you can stand and walk with ease.
A foot deformity may affect the normal function of the foot, causing pain or other challenges like changing how you walk.
Some people are born with a foot deformity or a certain foot structure that puts them at risk of developing a foot deformity. Changes in the structure of your feet may also occur from an injury or underlying disease.
What are common types of foot deformities?
There are several types of foot deformities. Some of the more common include:
A bunion is a foot deformity that causes a painful bump at the base of your big toe on the inside of the foot.
A hammertoe is an abnormal upward bend in a toe joint, making the toe look like a hammer.
Flatfoot is when the arch of the foot disappears when standing.
Clubfoot is a congenital foot deformity (people are born with it) that causes the front part of the foot to turn inward.
When should I get help for a foot deformity?
Seek help for a foot deformity if it causes discomfort or affects your mobility. Texas Orthopaedic Associates provides orthopaedic care for children and adults.
The team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates conducts thorough evaluations to determine the underlying cause of your foot problem. They review your symptoms and medical history, examine your feet, and evaluate your gait.
Your provider may also request onsite imaging to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
What are some treatments for a foot deformity?
Treatment for a foot deformity depends on your age, deformity type, and symptoms. During the early stages of a foot deformity, the team may recommend changing footwear or using orthotics (inserts that go in your shoes) to improve the mechanics of your feet.
If you have pain, they may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
For severe deformities that affect mobility, the team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates may suggest foot surgery.
A foot deformity may not cause problems. But if you have foot pain or problems walking, the team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates can help. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
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