Foot deformities are more common than you may realize because they include conditions frequently diagnosed in adults, such as bunions and hammertoes. At the first sign of a deformity, contact Daniel Pero, DPM, at Integrative Foot and Ankle for individualized care that alleviates your pain and restores normal foot function. If you have questions about a foot deformity, call one of the offices in West Palm Beach or Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.
A foot deformity is a structural abnormality in your feet. Some children are born with foot deformities, such as clubfoot, while other deformities develop over time due to injuries, placing excessive stress on your feet, and wearing tight or high-heeled shoes. You can also have a genetic predisposition that increases your risk of developing a deformity.
Dr. Pero treats all types of foot deformities, but the three most common problems are bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet.
A bunion deformity develops when the bones in your big toe are forced out of their normal alignment. As the top of the toe bends inward, the joint at the base of the toe bends outward. As a result, the joint becomes displaced and causes a large bump on the side of your foot.
Hammertoes occur when the tip of a toe, typically the second, third, or fourth toe, bends downward. This problem is caused by an imbalance between muscles and tendons that control movement.
When the toe is forced to stay in a bent position, the muscles tighten, making it difficult or impossible for the opposing muscle to straighten the toe.
When the arches in your feet partially or completely collapse, or the arches don’t fully develop during childhood, you have a condition called flat feet.
As a group, these conditions cause symptoms that include:
Foot deformities don’t improve on their own. As you continue to use your feet, these conditions get progressively worse, leading to increased pain and foot problems.
Dr. Pero begins your treatment with the most conservative options possible, such as activity modification, padding, orthotics, splinting, shoes with a larger toe box, and exercises to stretch and strengthen the structures.
When bunions and hammertoes are treated at an early stage, conservative measures may correct the problem. As time goes by, however, the structures can become rigidly stuck in their abnormal position and Dr. Pero may need to perform minimally invasive surgery to correct the problem.
Dr. Pero also specializes in advanced techniques, such as the HyProCure® stent to treat flat feet and the miniBunion™ implant to repair bunions. Both procedures are minimally invasive and allow you to quickly recover.
To receive exceptional care for a foot deformity, call Integrative Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online.