Whether the deformity was caused by a birth defect, disease, infection, or injury, they can make life difficult and painful. Fortunately, surgical and non-surgical treatment options are available to relieve the pain and make life a little easier for our patients.
Here are some common foot deformities:
Also known as congenital talipes equinovarus, occurs when an infant is born with a foot that is turned or twisted inward. In most cases, the bottom of the foot faces sideways rather than flat and gives the appearance that a person is walking on their ankles or sides of their feet. Clubfoot can be extremely painful for a child as they mature, if left untreated. Fortunately, there are treatment options available to not only fix the condition, but potentially allow the patient to participate in athletics and lead an active lifestyle.
Cavus foot occurs when the arch of the foot is too high. Due to the high arch, an excessive amount of weight and force is applied to the heel and balls of the feet, causing pain and instability. A high arch is usually caused by an underlying condition but can also be inherited.
Symptoms of a high arch include pain and excess stress and calluses on the heel and ball of the foot, hammertoes, instability, and pain while standing or walking.
Non-surgical treatment options include orthotic devices, shoe modifications, and bracing to provide stability in the foot and ankle.
Surgical treatment options are necessary if the cavus foot worsens or causes immense pain and instability. The surgeon will determine the surgical course of action based on a patient’s specific case.
Prairie Orthopaedic treats a wide range of foot conditions. Contact our offices if you have any questions regarding your condition or if you’d like to schedule an appointment.