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Deformities of the Feet

A foot deformity is a disorder of the foot that can be congenital or acquired. These deformities can include hammer toe, club foot, flat feet, bunions, etc.

It can be difficult to treat these complex foot deformities with conventional surgical approaches. Deformity and instability of the ankle can be seen in Charcot arthropathy, and in other neuropathic conditions. We can safely treat these with external fixation with acute or gradual correction of deformities.

Left untreated these foot deformities are common and will cause pain. If you are experiencing pain you should call our office at Southeast Podiatry for evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.

Hammertoes are a contracture of the toe(s), frequently caused by an imbalance in the tendon or joints of the toes. Hammertoes may become painful and may cause corns and callus as a hammertoe becomes more rigid over time, limiting ambulation or participation in sports or social activities.

A bunion of the foot is an enlargement of the bone and tissue around the joint of the big toe. The area may become red, swollen, inflamed and painful. Some bunions progress more rapidly than others.

Haglund's Deformity (pump bump) is characterized by a bony enlargement on the back of the heel that is not always painful, but can become extremely uncomfortable and limit ambulation or participation in sports or social activities.

Insertional Achilles Calcification/Spur is different from Haglund's deformity and the cause of pain is a spur or calcification has formed at the insertion of the achilles tendon and is often associated with achilles tendinitis.

Heel Problems. The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. When heel pain becomes disabling you should call our office at Southeast Podiatry for an evaluation of the condition by one of our podiatric doctors, Dr. Brent Harwood or Dr. Bradford Egly, they will find a treatment that is best for you.

Heel Spurs is a common cause of heel pain and is caused by a bony growth on the underside of the heel bone. The spur is sometimes appears as a protrusion that can extends from the heel bone as seen on x-ray. If there is no indication of bone enlargement, the condition is sometimes referred to as "heel spur syndrome."

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue (fascia) running along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot.

Excessive Pronation or excessive inward motion can create an abnormal amount of stretching and pulling on the ligaments and tendons attaching to the bottom back of the heel bone. Pronation is the normal flexible motion and flattening of the arch of the foot that allows it to adapt to ground surfaces and absorb shock in the normal walking pattern.

If you have any of these symptoms, you can call as at Southeast Podiatry, to send up an appointment with one of doctors, Dr. Brent Harwood or Dr. Bradford Egly.

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